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Poroshenko honours Ukraine Church leader derided by Russia

A woman lays flowers at the monument for the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Andriy Sheptytsky, after its unveiling on July 29, 2015 in LvivUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday unveiled a monument to a Catholic Church leader derided by Moscow for initially welcoming Nazi soldiers during World War II. Metropolitan Andriy Sheptytsky lead the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for more than four decades and was always lionised by the nationalist west part of the oft fought-over east European state. Sheptytsky died in 1944 just as Moscow’s Red Army had once again taken full control of Ukrainian territory and quashed its remaining independence dreams.

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