“There is panic and fear among people,” he said. “Many are trying to leave Kyiv, where we work as an EWTN team.” You can watch a video message from Zelinskyi by clicking this Facebook link.
Early Thursday morning, Russia began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine by launching missiles into the country. Nearly 3 million people live in the capital city of Kyiv, where videos capture blaring air raid sirens and long lines of traffic as citizens attempt to flee. Others took more immediate shelter in underground train stations.
Zelinskyi thought of his flock when asked if he would stay or leave.
“I plan to stay,” he said. “We broadcast Masses and prayers from our chapel and we know that people need it now. So as long as it will be possible, I will stay here with some of our co-workers.”
EWTN Ukraine, a part of the larger EWTN network, began broadcasting in 2011, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The day is a fitting one, since EWTN Ukraine is staffed by priests from the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception. A large group of friends and volunteers also support them in their efforts with their prayers, donations, and talents.