A FRAGILE peace agreement made last week between interim leaders
of Ukraine and representatives of the Russian government was
shattered this week, after the bodies of two men - one of them a
politician loyal to the country's acting Prime Minister, Oleksandr
Turchynov - were found near Slavyansk, in eastern Ukraine.
"The terrorists who effectively took the whole Donetsk region
hostage have now gone too far, by starting to torture and murder
Ukrainian patriots. These crimes are being committed with the full
support and connivance of the Russian Federation," Mr Turchynov
said, as he relaunched "anti-terrorist operations" against rebels
in the east of the country.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Francis both referred to
the conflict in Ukraine during their Easter messages.
"In Syria, mothers cry for their children and husbands. In the
Ukraine, neighbours cry because the future is precarious and
dangerous. In Rwanda, tears are still shed each day as the horror
of genocide is remembered," Archbishop Welby said in Canterbury
"This is the world we live in: a world which each of us has had
a hand in creating. A world of crosses. We can comfort one another,
and treat the dying with dignity. We can make gardens and graves,
we can move stones and wipe away tears. But we can do nothing to
He said that Jesus's resurrection "changes everything. . . It
gives us hope where we were in despair, faith where we were lost,
light where we were in darkness, joy where we were entirely in
His message was echoed by Pope Francis in his Urbi et
Orbi blessing in St Peter's Square: "By your resurrection . .
. we ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote
peace in Ukraine."
The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill, prayed for an
"end to the designs of those who want to destroy holy Russia".
In his Easter message, Patriarch Filaret of Kiev said that "God
cannot be on the side of evil; so the enemy of the Ukrainian people
is condemned to defeat."