“For you Lord, give light to my lamp, my God brightens my darkness.”

(Psalm 18, 29)

On the night of March 22, Russia launched its largest attack against Ukraine’s energy system, deploying over 60 kamikaze drones and almost 90 missiles. Dozens of power facilities were damaged, including thermal and hydroelectric power stations, high-voltage networks, and regional energy grids.

Millions of civilians across the Vinnytsia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Khmelnytskyi, Zaporizhzhia, Sumy, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, and Kharkiv regions now face massive power outages and crippling energy shortages, endangering the most vulnerable and threatening all life-support systems. Kharkiv, a city of 1.5 million inhabitants, is particularly stricken as Russian attacks targeted its main energy facilities, leaving residents without electricity, heat, and hot water on a night when temperatures will plummet below freezing.

We, leaders of religious organizations in the United States, condemn these Russian attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure as war crimes. We beseech the religious leaders of Russia, especially Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, to stop supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine and to urge President Putin to halt terror attacks aimed at innocent civilians. We likewise urge our government and civic authorities to utilize all available just means to protect Ukraine and its people from this brutal aggression.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

(John 1:5)

We stand firm in our resolve: do not allow the darkness to prevail over the light.


His Excellency Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio

President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,

Archbishop for the Military Services, USA


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America


His Excellency Bishop Gregory John Mansour

Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn


His Excellency Bishop Elias Zaidan

Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles,

Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace


His Excellency Bishop John Alappatt

St. Thomas Eparchy of Chicago, Syro-Malabar Catholic Church


His Excellency Bishop François Beyrouti

Diocese of Newton for the Melkite Catholic Church in the US


His Excellency Bishop Robert M. Pipta

Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma


His Excellency Bishop Nicholas Samra

Bishop Emeritus of Newton Melkite Church, USA 


His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA and Diaspora


His Grace Metropolitan Borys Gudziak

Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia


His Eminence Archbishop Daniel

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA and Diaspora


His Excellency Bishop Paul Chomnycky

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford


His Excellency Bishop Вenedict Aleksiychuk

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago


His Excellency Bishop Bohdan Danylo

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saint Josaphat in Parma 


Rev. Viktor Prokhor

Superintendent at Slavic District of the Assemblies of God,

Senior Pastor at Life Christian Church in Tacoma, WA,

Chair at the Council of Ukrainian Christian Churches of Washington State

Source: ukrcatholic.org