The situation in Ukraine questions in many ways. Corruption, inter-faith, connectedness or splits with Russia. There are different aspects that show the present-day Republic of Ukraine as a multi-faceted territory with different members of a mixed up nation. Do Ukrainians exist as such at the moment? Who is who, where, in what tongue, dialect, nationality, culture, mental references? There is the West, born from a rather Ukrainian-speaking tradition, former Habsburg and K u. K. region for the most, captured by the Russians, penetrated by the Slovaks, the Poles, the Romanians with the Russyn specificity in Trans-Carpathia.
This also explains why Germany is indeed capable to envision the situation while the Europeans as a whole are not that concerned or don't have the parameters to get to the core of the local embattled issues.
The question may sound a bit bizarre. It is not. Over a century, the Church in the Russian Empire has survived as an undergrounds network of different jurisdictions. The Russian Orthodox Church has come out only twenty (20) years ago and quickly evolves, spreads, builds, creates structural bodies and call to priesthood, new forms of laity and re-deploys in new styles its dioceses/eparchies by appointing new bishops - hierarchs. The task is huge, impressive. It is brand new. The West had not really been prepared or gotten aware to witnessing to such a strong, powerful revival. Things cannot be perfects, there are a lot of defective aspects. Still, the re-deployment of the Orthodox Church in the lands of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova (as pointed by Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia) is a tantamount work, born from the apostasy during the time of the communists. It is being built upon the ruins of communism and the people who join the Church have often been the members of the communist personnel, for some odd reasons or out of true convictions.This makes the situation quite subtle for many and not quite understandable for the Westerners.
As Metropolitan Euloge, who was sent to Europe by Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow and had retained Metro. Andrii in jail for a while in Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution, wrote in his memories, he had been heartfeltly been welcomed by the Metropolitan at Lviv on his way to Europe and Metro. Andrii also helped him and his assistance Archbishop Vladimir to get the required laissez-passers for France via his connection with Georges Clémenceau.
The views of the Metropolitan are interesting and should, even with the gap of time that has passed, serve to envision a correct approach of the spiritual stand.