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Kyiv Post Ed. Note speech by Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oleksandr Motsyk at the Ukrainian Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 6.
Ваша Святосте, Шановні народні депутати,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The year that passed since the last National Prayer Breakfast turned out to be the most difficult for Ukraine in all 23 years of Ukrainian independence. Therefore, it is very important that the tradition of the Ukrainian Prayer Breakfast is alive, and I sincerely thank the organizers and everyone who joined us this morning to express support to Ukraine and to join us in prayer.
Yesterday we saw the president of the United States of America and other American and foreign dignitaries praying together and sharing a friendly meal. Every year, they come to Washington in order to share with the world the message of brotherly love and peace.
We Ukrainians are thankful to God for having such a friend as the United States of America – the country that has traditionally supported Ukraine’s strive for liberty, democracy and religious freedom. For us, America proved and continues to prove that its deeds are as good as its words: Ukraine’s political and economic situation would have been much more complicated without the U.S. support. It was America which stretched its friendly hand from across the ocean, assisting the Ukrainians in preservation of their national unity, sovereignty and democratic pro-European choice.
The Bible says: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; … a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace” (Ecclesiastes 3). The time of torment has come to Ukraine, and the torments were brought on us by the evil will of those who hate everything Ukrainian, everything free and everything not under their control.
I wholeheartedly believe that with God’s blessings Ukraine shall prevail over its enemies. The truth and the support of the whole civilized world are on our side. Please join me in prayers for Ukraine.
I pray to God to give strength to Ukraine to withstand all sufferings and hardships inflicted on it by its closest neighbor.
I pray for the innocent souls who were killed by terrorists on the streets of Volnovakha and Mariupol, and in many cities and villages of once peaceful Eastern Ukraine.
I pray for those unsuspecting European and Asian travelers whose lives were ended by a Russian missile fired at the Malaysian airliner.
I pray to God to rest the souls of Ukrainian volunteers and army men who sacrificed their lives to protect their loved families and fellowmen from the foreign evil will.
I pray for the victory of Ukrainian warriors who every day risk their lives to make sure that Ukraine remains a free independent nation.
I pray for those Crimean Tatar and pro-Ukrainian activists who are being prosecuted in the occupied Crimea; I pray for Nadiya Savchenko, Oleh Sentsov and all hostages taken by the Kremlin regime.
As a Christian, I pray for the souls of those who were lured by bloody money and propaganda to take arms against their neighbors; I pray to God to bring them to their senses, open their eyes, lay down their weapons and leave Ukraine.
I beg the Lord to make accountable those responsible for unleashing the bloody war against my country, for causing atrocities, death and destruction to thousands of Ukrainians.
I pray for the United States of America and other countries that supported Ukraine and our people in the free choice of the way of national development in peace as an equal member of the European family of nations.
I pray for my beautiful country, Ukraine, and its peace-loving people.
Ukraine stands for peace. We stand together with our partners and friends – the US, the EU, and other nations – for diplomatic solution of the conflict. We hope that peace will come back to Ukraine.
I trust that with God’s help Ukraine, which has been suffering for centuries, will arise from misery, rebuild everything lost and will have a bright future.
God bless Ukraine! God bless America! God bless you all!