The World Council of Churches affirms and supports the appeal issued on 24 February 2022 by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kyiv and All Ukraine (Moscow Patriarchate). Recalling the ties of history and affinity between the Ukrainian people and the Russian people, His Beatitude called directly on President Putin to stop the war, which he likened to Cain's murder of Abel.

This call must be heard. WCC makes the same appeal to President Putin, to stop this fratricidal war, and to restore peace to the people and nation of Ukraine.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5: 9

Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca
Acting General Secretary
World Council of Churches