KYIV. Ukrainian Orthodox Church priest conducts Panachida service for victims of the natural disaster in Greece

On July 26, 2018, a Panachida memorial service was conducted at the Embassy of the Hellenic Republic in Ukraine for the victims of large-scale wildfires in Greece which  have recently taken  the lives of almost a hundred people.
Archpriest Mykolay Danylevych, Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC DECR) conducted the Panachida memorial service for the repose of the souls of  the victims. His Excellency the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic Mr Georgios Poukamissas as well as  Embassy staff attended the memorial service.
Upon completion of the memorial service, Archpriest Mykolay conveyed heartfelt condolences from the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the UOC, His Eminence Metropolitan Mytrofan of Luhansk and Alchevsk.
On the same day, the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy, sent a letter of condolence to His Eminence Archbishop Ieronymos II, the Head of the Greek Orthodox Church, in which he expressed his deep sympathy and assured him of his fervent prayers to God for the victims, their relatives and families.
Info: According to recent reports, over 81 people have been  killed in the flames of the wildfires to date in Greece, and 187 people, including 23 children, have been  injured, while the number of missing persons is unknown at this time. Hundreds of houses and cars have been destroyed by the fires. A state of emergency has been declared in the region of Attica in the south of Greece. Due to limited firefighting  equipment, the Greek authorities were forced to ask other European countries for help with firefighters and helicopters. Several countries, including Italy, Poland and France, have sent firefighting aviation, cars as well as firefighters to Greece. Today, according to Unian,  Greek authorities have declared  three-days  of national mourning.

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