Orthodox Primate of Ukraine says "Repentant prayer for our Ukrainian land and for our people must be intensified these days."

 Address of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy to the Ukrainian flock

His Beatitude the Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine addressed the Ukrainian flock. The Information and Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church publishes a video address by the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Dear brothers and sisters!
There was a tragedy. Russia has launched military operations against Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has always been, is and will be with its people. Today I appeal to all the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and to all Ukrainians: do not panic, God be with us! These days we must show our courage, we must unite with each other in prayer, in love for God, in love for our country and in love for each other. We are sorry for what happened. But God is with us. Do not despair. Repentant prayer for our Ukrainian land and for our people must be intensified these days.
I would like to say a few words, to address the President of Russia Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has always consistently defended the integrity and sovereignty of our state. And today we ask you, Vladimir Vladimirovich, to stop the war. Our peoples are the Ukrainian people and the Russian people are the peoples who came out of one Kyiv Dnieper font. And the greatest shame for us is that we are at war with each other. The war between such nations is called Cain's murder because it repeats the first sin of murder that took place on earth when Adam's son Cain killed his younger brother Abel.
I urge everyone to be prudent. God created us by intelligent creations, created us by the great gift of the word. And with this mind and word we must solve all the problems that arise between us on earth. I call on all of us to stop the war and to sit down at the negotiating table and solve the problems that divide us today in a civilized, divine way with the help of reason and words.
May the Lord protect our soldiers! Today we express special love and support to our soldiers who protect our integrity and protect our land, our Ukrainian people.
May the Lord protect you all! I believe and hope that common sense will prevail, and this tragedy we are experiencing today will soon be stopped, and we will once again enjoy in peace the gift of life that the Lord has given to everyone, not to kill each other, but to that we love each other.
May the Lord be with us!