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Ukraine’s military is to introduce a fully-fledged chaplaincy for its armed forces, breaking with the long Soviet legacy of keeping religion out of the army.

Starting from May 15, the first clergymen from various confessions will start to serve – primarily with combat units on the Donbas frontline, Major-General Oleh Gruntkosky, a Ministry of Defense spokesman, said on April 20.

Up to four chaplains per brigade will meet soldiers’ and officers’ spiritual needs, along with providing regular psychological counselling, Gruntkosky said.

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Julian Wynnyckyj

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