Prešov, Slovakia, February 26, 2022
The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia has issued a statement on the Russian military operation in Ukraine, calling on their faithful to take up a special fast and prayers for peace in Ukraine:
We have been following events in Ukraine in recent days with pain and grief. We express our deep sympathy and condolences to all those directly or indirectly affected by military operations. To the best of our ability, we are ready to help wherever it is needed.
We want to hope that the historical and spiritual ties between Ukraine and Russia will help the parties to resolve the conflict, not by violence, devastation and pointless loss of life, but on the contrary—by seeking peace and a willingness to negotiate and find acceptable solutions.
We ask all clergy and believers of the Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands and in Slovakia for a special fast and prayers for peace in Ukraine.
Statements have also been issued by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania, and the hierarchs of the Finnish Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of Washington (OCA), His Holiness Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of ROCOR, His Eminence Metroplitan Vladimir of Moldova, His Eminence Metropolitan John of Dubna, and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens, and His Beatitude Metropolitan Benjamin of Minsk.