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KYIV, Ukraine — To the haunting chants of a church choir in Kyiv’s eleventh century Saint Sophia Cathedral, the primary group of chaplains to hitch the Ukrainian military’s command construction graduated in a ceremony Saturday.

Though chaplains have ministered to Ukraine’s armed forces for years, they labored as embedded civilians somewhat than as officers. Now, they may signal contracts to serve in these armed forces, bear a six-week coaching program and get inducted.

The primary group of navy chaplains to fall underneath this new system started coaching Feb. 20. Of their new assignments, they gained’t use weapons however are anticipated to know normal navy ideas and tactical drugs, Ukrainian authorities stated.

“We had intense psychological coaching, navy coaching,” Gennadiy Rohmanenko, who was among the many graduates who acquired the rank of junior lieutenant, stated. “It signifies that we will put collectively church responsibility and navy responsibility. The motto of chaplains is ‘Being there,’ God’s presence within the military. That is the mission of the chaplain.”

Creating the Ukrainian Chaplaincy Service got here in response to laws handed on the finish of 2021. With Ukraine getting into its second yr of struggle in opposition to Russia’s invasion, the necessity for chaplains to assist its troopers is bigger than ever.

The 30 chaplains who went by means of the primary coaching got here from 5 spiritual organizations: the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, the Ukrainian Evangelical Church, the All-Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Christian-Baptist Church buildings and the interdenominational Council of Christian Church buildings and Non secular Organizations.

Rohmanenko has labored as a military chaplain since 2014, initially as a volunteer after which as an embedded civilian, so he is aware of what the mission requires.

The job entails “guardianship and religious shepherding or religious consoling,” Rohmanenko stated, noting the significance of displaying a service member route.

“Within the rear of the battle, navy operations, an individual generally loses his bearings,” he stated. “Subsequently, essentially the most troublesome factor for a soldier in battle is to stay human. So chaplains must do the whole lot to avoid wasting a soldier’s soul after their fight duties.”

One other freshly minted junior lieutenant, Yevren Flysta of the one hundred and fifth Brigade of the Territorial Protection Forces, stated troopers are, at first, “a religious individual, and he should have power, he should have assist.”

Damaging forces, Flysta stated, “have an effect on (a soldier’s) inside shallowness, self-perception. Subsequently, our activity is to protect an individual as an individual, an individual of religious power.”

Observe AP’s protection of the struggle in Ukraine: https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine