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Statement by the Estonian Council of Churches and the leaders of its member churches regarding the hostilities in Ukraine and the reception of war refugees in Estonia
Since 24 February 2022, the world is no longer the same. We are witnessing terrible developments on the battlegrounds in Ukraine. Thousands of people have died, including innocent children, teens, the elderly. Tens of thousands have been wounded. Hundreds of thousands
Any war of conquest and subjugation against an independent state and nation is a representation of evil, with its inherent drive to strip away everything that is natural, human and cherished by humanity. People are deprived of their homes; they are separated from family members and can lose everything that we see as part of human dignity.
For the past thirty and a half years, we have been able to enjoy our continued independent statehood. On festive occasions, such as today, we like to give joyful and grateful speeches about freedom and sovereignty.
I recall these words here at this flag raising ceremony today because I would like to draw a parallel between the official national flag that flies all over the country and God’s blessing.