The declaration is signed by the leaders of the member denominations of the Estonian Council of Churches (Eesti Kirikute Nõukogu), some of which are in Ukraine itself.
The statement read: “We are witnessing terrible developments on the battlefield in Ukraine. Thousands of people have died, including innocent children, adolescents and the elderly. Tens of thousands have been injured. Hundreds of thousands were left homeless or in distress due to fear, cold, hunger, thirst and poor health. Millions were forced to leave.”
“As leaders of Estonia’s largest churches, we condemn the bombing of humanitarian sites, including churches, and the threat to civilians,” the statement added, while its signatories pledged practical assistance, food and shelter for war refugees and all who need it, regardless of their religious beliefs.
Metropolitan Yevgeny has been the head of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate since 2018.
The church has over 100,000 members in Estonia and falls, as its name suggests, under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, headed by Patriarch Kirill.
Other signatories to the statement include Archbishop Urmas Viilma of the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Estonia (EELK), Metropolitan Stephanos of the Orthodox Apostolic Church of Estonia – part of the Patriarchate of Constantinople – and the head of the ‘Methodist Church in Estonia, Andres Ploompuu.
Patriarch Kirill himself reportedly discussed the war in Ukraine with Pope Francis yesterday Wednesday.
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