Horlivka (the Ukraine), May 5, 2014
With the blessing of Archbishop Mitrophan of Horlivka and Sloviansk on Sunday, May 4, in all churches of the Diocese of Horlivka a memorial service was performed for the repose of all victims of the fratricidal war which has gripped the Ukraine.
At every Divine Liturgy churches of the diocese pray not only for restoration of peace in the country, but also for repose of "those killed during the internecine war", reports the diocese's website.
In Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and a number of other towns of the diocese the Ukrainian army is currently fighting against the people's militia, as a result of which civilian residents are being killed. The Church has more than once called and is now calling to stop the bloodshed and to sit down at the negotiating table.