On April 7, on the square in front of the Holy Vladimir Church of the city of Donetsk, the opening of a monument to the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir was held. The ceremonial event was attended by Chairman of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin, deputies of the People’s Council, acting head of the City Council of Donetsk Alexey Kulemzin, rector of the Holy Vladimir Church of the UOC-MP Archpriest Georgy Goncharenko.
Denis Pushilin noted the profound symbolism of the opening of the monument on this particular day.
“This is an important event not only for Donetsk, but for the entire Donetsk People’s Republic. It is profoundly symbolic that the monument to St. Vladimir the Equal-to-the-Apostles is being established today, on a great Christian holiday (Annunciation – ed.). Prince Vladimir was not only a defender of the central Russian lands, he became the ruler under which the introduction of Christianity into Rus took place. By this decision, he laid the foundation for the spiritual and moral values that guided our ancestors and on which we are based today.
It is also symbolic that our fellow countrymen who were born here, studied here, but are now outside the Donbass, are sponsors and give us support, demonstrating spiritual unity,” the speaker of the parliament said.
Acting head of the City Council of Donetsk Alexey Kulemzin congratulated the residents of the capital with a landmark event.
“We are opening a monument at a time when we have to continue to repel aggression, extremism, Nazism that came to our land. One of the fundamental factors of our victories at all times was the faith that was brought to our land by Prince Vladimir. I wish peace and good to everyone on the occasion of today’s holiday!” Alexey Kulemzin said.
At the end of the ceremony, the rector of the St. Vladimir Church, Archpriest Georgy Goncharenko, consecrated the monument. The monument to the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir is made of granite and bronze. Its weight is 13 880 kg, the height, together with the pedestal, is 6.54 m. The monument was donated to the fellow countrymen by citizens of the Russian Federation who were originally born in the Donbass.