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Why was a German pastor honored with the highest civilian award?

Ralf- Gerhard Haska is a pastor of the Lutheran Church of St. Catherine in Kyiv. In the winter 2013 – 2014, he actively supported people on the Independence Square and supported their right to peaceful protests against the former government. For the peaceful demonstrators, the German St. Catherine’s Church became a safe and secure place of shelter. And when tensions and dangerous moments occurred when the police acted in a violent manner, the pastor, as a brave defender, protected the people. Time goes by, but good deeds are not forgotten. Recently, the German ambassador to Ukraine, Anka Feldhusen , awarded the pastor the highest civilian reward in Germany – the Cross of Merit.

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   After the award ceremony, Anka Feldhausen said that Pastor Ralph-Gerhard Haska continues to do good deeds for Ukraine. Together with the members of his church he organizes and sends humanitarian aid to Eastern Ukraine. The pastor often writes articles for the magazine “Ukraine Verstehen”. With his publications he informs the German community about events in Ukraine. ” Bavarian Herald ” congratulates and wishes the pastor well-being “!

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