“RECOGNITION OF THE MASS DESTRUCTION OF UKRAINIANS ON THE KUBAN GENOCIDE” - A ROUND TABLE IN THE EPARCHIAL GOVERNMENT (VIDEO)
Genocide of Ukrainians in the Kuban: In the regional center little-known pages of tragedy of the Ukrainian people were discussed. On June 21, 2019, a round table was held in the main conference hall of the Dnieper Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine with the participation of scientists, representatives of the Cossacks and the clergy of the Sichel. The head of the Kodatsky army of Zaporizhzhya Viktor Kuchinsky said that the round table was called to raise the relevance of the topic of genocide of Ukrainians in the Kuban among the population. The systematic destruction of Ukrainians in the Kuban lasted for 1919-1933. During this time, the Bolsheviks "cleared" the ethnically Ukrainian region from the descendants of the Cossacks. Several million people were killed by various methods.
Particular attention is paid to the Cossacks because, together with millions of killed and tortured Ukrainians, our people have lost their historical memory, culture and spiritual heritage. That is why the main task now is to tell the new generations about the crimes of the Bolsheviks and those who today imitate their ideology while continuing to destroy Ukrainian identity.
In his turn, one of the main moderators of the roundtable, a military historian, a member of the NSZhU, the head of the Ukrainian Cossack patriotic movement of information resistance to aggressors and occupiers, Dmitry Sukhinin emphasized that the topic of genocide of Ukrainians is important not only from the side of historical justice, information confrontation with Russian aggression. “Russia denies that the Kuban was once inhabited by hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians. We must raise this issue in the public domain and ensure that the genocide of Ukrainians in the Kuban is recognized at all levels - both political and clergy, ”he said.
The priest of the Cossacks, the rector of the Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First Called of the Dnieper Eparchy of the Catholic Church, Archpriest Mikhail Stinyo supported the initiative of the Cossack community and noted that Ukrainians should not repeat the mistakes of the past, which turned into terrible catastrophes. There were also many clergy among Ukrainians affected by the Kuban genocide, and this cannot be forgotten.
The roundtable also featured a speech by Rafal Lemkin, a scientist who was one of the first to tell an international audience about the Soviet genocide of the Ukrainian people. It should be noted that Lemkin's article on the genocide of Ukrainians was included in the list of "extremist materials" in the Russian Federation.
Also, all together visited the temple "Unexpected joy" and performed a prayer for Ukraine.
According to the materials of IA "Dniprograd", the press center of the Dnieper Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.