Despite multiple provocations by ultra-right gangsters and ruthless government pressure, the all-Ukrainian HOLY PROCESSION of Peace, Love, and Prayer for the Ukraine is approaching Kiev. The procession, blessed by Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Kiev and all the Ukraine, started on 9 July at two holy Lavras, Pochaev in the west and Svyatogorsk in the east. Both columns of believers have already marched hundreds of kilometres on foot and are due to enter Kiev and meet in the centre of the city on 28 July, the very place and day where and when St Vladimir baptised Rus 1,028 years ago. The MVDU tried to block and ban the procession “for safety reasons” as they “can’t guarantee the participants’ security”. The march goes on anyway, with an unambiguous submission to God’s will. Many expect that the holy procession will be a long-awaited turning point in the Ukrainian conflict.
26 July 2016