Metropolitan Sarny and Polesie Anatoly
Vladyka Anatoly urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to release Ukrainian sailors home so they could celebrate Christmas with their families.
5 Dec 2018 Metropolitan Anatoly of Sarny and Polissya appealed to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin with the request to release from captivity of Ukrainian seafarers, the official website of the Sarny diocese.
“At the request of the believers of the Ukrainian Polissya, on behalf of the clergy Sarny-Polesskaya eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and personally, appeal to You with request for help: help to free the soldiers-sailors who are held hostage to the events of 25 November 2018 in the waters of the sea of Azov”, – said Metropolitan Anatoly to the President of the Russian Federation.
The Hierarch of the UOC said that one of the injured sailors native to woodland and stressed the tragedy of protracted military action, which “tortured any innocent people.”
“I can’t give a political assessment to the incident, but my duty as a Christian <…> requires me, as my Christian conscience, compassion to affected seafarers and their families, and not be silent when people suffer and their loved ones – continued Vladyka Anatoly open letter to the President of Russia. This pain obliges me to address You, Mr. President, with a request for the release of our sailors from captivity, that they were able to celebrate Christmas with your loving family.”
3 December 2018 Metropolitan of Odessa and Izmail Agafangel appealed to the Patriarch Kirill with a request to facilitate the release and repatriation of the detained Ukrainian sailors.