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Maidan and faith in God

22.12.2013

Nobody expected a revolution in Ukraine at the end of 2013 which came as a result of the Ukrainian Government’s decision to suspend signing the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. The next day hundreds of people – mainly journalists, political activists and students – poured into the streets in cities across the country to express their protest.

However, after a violent dispersal and beating of peaceful protesters in the early hours of 30 November the situation took a different turn with thousands of people streaming into the central square in Kiev. The protest now was not so much in the name of the EU as against violence. Almost immediately the crowds began to demand the Government to step down.

Most Ukrainian Christian denominations published their official statements in early December condemning violence and calling for peace. Some clerics, however, have publicly demonstrated their anti-government mood, although these were rather an exception.

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When hundreds of thousands of people started filling Maidan – the central Independence Square in Kyiv – tents put up by the protesters began to pop-up across the area among which were also prayer tents. One set up by Catholics, another – by evangelical protestant Christians. New Testaments and prayer books have been handed out to the participants. Moreover, the central stage has often been used for religious purposes with calls for trusting in God, prayer and repentance of sins.

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Victor Yanukovich the President of Ukraine has called on Ukrainian citizens to pray to God for the political crisis to be resolved. He also participated in a special prayer service for the country attended by heads of the nation’s major Christian denominations on 20 December.

In light of the above it would be safe to say that Christianity as a religious factor has played a major role in the current mass street events in Ukraine. That once again proves that personal belief in God is deeply rooted in the lives of Ukrainians and minds of Ukrainian politicians.

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Биография
  • Ruslan Kukharchuk – a journalist, media manager, social leader, and preacher.
  • Involved in journalism since 2000 – journalist and column editor of a local newspaper Chornomorets (Skadovsk, Kherson region). Since April 2003 – managing editor of All-Ukrainian Christian newspaper KAMEN' Kraeugolniy (The Cornerstone).
  • In 2004 takes the lead in establishing the Association of Journalists, Publishers, and Broadcasters Novomedia and becomes its president. Since 2011 serves as a steering committee chair of the International Novomedia Forum.
  • In September 2003 holds a public action against LGBT procession in Kyiv and succeeded. Since then a far-reaching movement with the above said name has grown and developed in Ukraine as well as abroad.
  • In the summer of 2010 passed the leadership of both LAH movement and the above said steering committee. Assumed the leadership of the civic movement All Together.
  • Over the years works for a number of Ukrainian TV channels, printed and electronic media as a reporter, parliamentary correspondent, anchor, copy editor, managing editor (TV channels НТН (NTN), CBN-CIS, ТВi (TVi), CITI (CITY); newspapers Stolichnie Novosti (Metropolitan News), Delovaya Nedelya (Business Week); news website www.mignews.com.ua, etc.).
  • Owns several web resources: information portal Vse Novosti (All News), website NHM – Novosti Khristianskogo Mira (CWN – Christian World News), music blog journal mBlog.
  • Public speaker and trainer. Teaches journalism, teleproduction, media management, mass communications, and PR in Ukraine and abroad.
  • Possesses degrees in Journalism, Directing, and Theology.
  • Author of the book Desyatka (Bullseye).
  • Born in Ordzhonikidze (Dnepropetrovsk region), raised in Skadovsk (Kherson region), resides in Kyiv.

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