Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 17, 2022 / 08:02 am
The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said on Thursday that women are becoming the “first victims” of the occupation of his homeland.
In a video message issued on March 17, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk called for prayers for women living in parts of Ukraine controlled by Russian forces.
“In our villages in the Kyiv region, women are becoming the first victims of the occupation, victims of violence, victims of humiliation, victims of rape,” he said.
In his message, the major archbishop referred to a viral image known as the “Kyivan Madonna,” which depicts a woman who is breastfeeding her newborn child in a bomb shelter in the Ukrainian capital.