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A first responder works at a site of residential buildings destroyed by a Russian airstrike in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, on March 22 (OSV News/Reuters)

Ukraine’s chief Catholic leader said Russia’s new strategy in its war against its neighbour is “the destruction of our civilian population”. Source: Crux.

In an address marking the 112th week of the full-scale Russian invasion, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said Russia uses “diabolical tactics — to destroy not only human life, but also those who serve it.”

“Our girls and boys at the front are heroically defending their land and managed not only to stabilise the front, but also to stop the advance of the Russian army,” he said.

“That’s why today we want to especially thank our rescuers, doctors, paramedics – everyone who continues to fulfill his professional duty,” Major Archbishop Shevchuk said.

“We also thank our energy workers, who are tirelessly eliminating the consequences of Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure. Thanks to the heroism of our military personnel, professionalism and heroic service to our people, doctors and all other representatives of the services of our cities and villages, today we can say: Ukraine stands, Ukraine fights, Ukraine prays,” the major archbishop continued.

On April 6, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine at the United Nations, Denise Brown, condemned attacks by the Russians in Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia.

Russian forces using drones and missiles killed at least six people and wounding 11 more in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, local officials reported.

On Sunday, three people were killed when their house was hit by a Russian projectile in the front-line town of Huliaipole in Ukraine’s partly occupied southeastern Zaporizhzhia region.

“Not a day passes by without strikes by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, crushing the lives of people across Ukraine,” she said.


Major Archbishop says Russia using ‘diabolical tactics’ against Ukraine (By Charles Collins, Crux)