Ukrainian religious leaders came to Washington, D.C., to share personal testimonies of the suffering of the people of Ukraine from Russian aggression.

On Sunday, October 29, 2023, a delegation of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (UCCRO), headed by chairman Stanislav Nosov, visited the church of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic community. There, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Philadelphia Borys Gudziak held a divine service together with individual members of the Ukrainian delegation.

After the service, representatives of different faiths of Ukraine offered prayers and words of blessing for Ukraine’s victory, just peace and due punishment for Russian atrocities, God’s protection for the defenders of Ukraine, doctors, volunteers and the entire nation.

In the Ukrainian church and later at a welcome dinner, the UCCRO delegation met with influential representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora. Religious figures paid special attention to the brutal persecution, arbitrary imprisonment and torture that the Russian authorities direct against clergymen and faithful religious minorities in the occupied territories of Ukraine.


“The Russian occupation authorities treat the civilian population of Ukraine so cruelly that abroad they cannot even imagine such barbarism in the 21st century. Peaceful residents are prohibited from leaving the occupied territories of Ukraine, so they cannot escape Russian repression against all religious minorities, manifestations of Ukrainian identity and any forms of opposition. That is why the democratic world should support Ukraine more strongly and finally stop this global evil, which Russia is trying to spread not only within itself, but also throughout the world,” emphasized Stanislav Nosov, UCCRO Chairman, head of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ukraine.

The delegation of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations consists of representatives of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Pentecostal Church, the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Evangelical Church, the Union of Jewish Religious Organizations , the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Bible Society, as well as the leadership of the Institute for Religious Freedom.

After the events in Washington, D.C., Ukrainian religious figures will visit Houston, Texas, where they will hold a series of meetings with local religious figures, politicians and opinion leaders. The visit of the UCCRO delegation to the United States is supported by RAZOM, a U.S. non-profit.

Source: UCCRO