“A symbol that we will return to Ukraine everything that is ours” Kyivan Rus first miraculous icon, taken out during WW2, will come back to Ukraine
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the icon of St. Nicholas “the Wet,” the first miraculous icon of Kyivan Rus, will return to Ukraine.
“Long-awaited for many of our people. One of our main shrines will return to Ukraine. One of the most respected shrines of St. Sophia of Kyiv is the icon of St. Nicholas ‘the Wet.’ This is the first miraculous icon in Kyivan Rus. We worked for a long time to return it,” Zelenskyy said. This icon was taken out of Ukraine during the Second World War.
“And it will be at home, in St. Sophia. I am grateful for this decision to the hierarchs, clergy and believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States. I want the return of this shrine to become an important symbol for all of us. A fundamental symbol. A symbol that we will return to Ukraine everything that is ours. All Ukrainian. Let us get all our people back. And we will definitely return justice, full control over our land,” the President said.