27 April 2015, 13:47
Ukrainian Orthodox Church against renaming the Victory Day
*** Heroes of the Great Patriotic War were truly "heavenly warriors"
Moscow, April 27, Interfax - Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Ukrainian Orthodox Church press service Vasily Anisimov believes it cunning to substitute the Victory Day in Ukraine with the Commemoration Day for the Victims of World War II or the Day of Reconciliation of European nations and countries.
"It will be untruthful, unjust, historically and humanly. To call the warrior-liberator a victim of the war is the similar to calling a person who saved a child from fire, but sacrificed his own life, a victim of fire, not a hero, not a savior. There is something barbaric in it," he writes in his article published by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church website.
"Our country-victorer, our nation-victorer, our army-liberator have no one to reconcile with, he says, we did not lead war against Germany, Italy, Romania or any other European country. We were not in war against their nations. Our war was against fascism, we won a victory over it, and I hope that no one is going to reconcile with it."
Anisimov wonders that such actions are initiated by "those authorized people, whose parents would have been surely killed in concentration camps, if not sacrificial exploit of warriors-liberators."
The church official reminds that our people called liberators saviors.
"Their tombs are holy. Dozens, hundreds, thousands of heavenly warriors are buried in them. It is not by chance that they were placed in the center of villages and towns, thankful newly weds, who are to give new lives, come with flowers to them. It is a beautiful and worthy tradition," Anisimov believes.