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Ukrainian Major Archbishop Shevchuk prays at Bucha mass grave

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Maxym Marusenko | NurPhoto via AFP

John Burger - published on 04/09/22 - updated on 04/09/22

Suburb of Kyiv is an "open wound on the body of Ukraine," head of Church says.

In the wake of a Russian military drawdown from the area around Ukraine’s capital – and reports of civilians being executed there – the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church visited Kyiv’s suburbs and prayed for victims.

On Thursday, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, major archbishop of Kyiv-Halych, visited Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, towns which recently had been liberated from Russian occupation. In Bucha, Archbishop Shevchuk stood over an open mass grave where the bodies of residents had been deposited in black plastic bags and led a short memorial service. 

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