Ukraine-Russia War: Philadelphia Council of Clergy holds prayer service for victims

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine deepened on Monday as Russian forces stepped up their bombardment and food, water, heat and medicine became increasingly scarce, in what the country has condemned as a medieval-style siege by Moscow to subdue it.

A third round of talks between the two sides ended with a senior Ukrainian official saying there had been minor, unspecified progress towards establishing safe corridors that would allow civilians to escape the fighting. Russia’s chief negotiator said he expects those corridors to start working on Tuesday.

But that remained to be seen, given the failure of previous attempts to get civilians to safety amid the biggest ground war in Europe since World War II.

Back home, the Clergy Council of Philadelphia joined members of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church and other religious leaders for an ecumenical prayer service Monday night.

“I think when a person of any faith becomes a victim, then we, the faith community, need to come together and support the community. Even though we may have differences in theology, at the end of the day, we serve all one God,” said Bishop Mary Floyd Palmer, Presiding Prelate.

As a refuge from Ukraine itself, Anna Makuch said she fled in the 1940s when she was just five years old.

She relives her escape to Ukraine by watching the news and staying in touch with her loved ones.

“I see what I was doing and I can really empathize with them,” Makuch said.

The fighting has driven energy prices around the world soaring and stocks crashing, and is threatening the food supply and livelihoods of people around the world who depend on crops grown in the fertile sea region. Black.

The UN human rights office reported 406 confirmed civilian deaths, but said the true number was much higher. The invasion also caused 1.7 million people to flee Ukraine.

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