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Statement on Ukraine/Russia

The Management Team of the World Methodist Council, meeting in Cape
Town, South Africa, on March 11 th /12 th , has noted with deep concern the second
anniversary of the war initiated by an unprovoked attack on Ukraine by Russia
in February 2022.

Recognising that the history of the region is long and complex, and that nothing
but suffering and destruction can be achieved by armed conflict, we call for an
immediate cessation of fighting and the withdrawal from occupied territory.
We further note with concern that the ongoing war continues to cause food
deprivation in parts of the world which have been heavily dependent on grain
from Ukraine for survival.

The Team remembers that there are Methodist and other Christians on each side
in this conflict and prays that they may be blessed as peace-makers.

We ask for prayer for ‘the people called Methodist’ and others in the region, for
Bishop Eduard Khegay of the Eurasia Episcopal Area of the United Methodist
Church, for Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area as
he travels to and from Ukraine and for all local and regional church leaders as
they minister against this backdrop of war.

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