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Ukrainian military forces were deployed to the Eastern part of the country to deal with the Pro-Russian forces who had taken over several government buildings. On April 15, acting President Olexander Turchynov reported that an airbase occupied by Pro-Russian activists had been ‘liberated.‘ Military forces in APC’s (Armored Personnel Carriers) moved towards Kramatorsk, but were stopped by Pro-Russian forces and locals. Though there was no military engagement, a bus barricade set up by the Pro-Russian forces, as well as a mob of Pro-Russian protesters, managed to hold the Ukrainian military forces in its place. Soon after, the Kiev defense ministry reported that six Ukrainian APC’s were ‘seized’ by Pro-Russian forces.
To recap on previous events, Ukraine’s President Olexander Turchynov announced that Ukraine is preparing to take military action if the activists did not vacate the occupied government buildings by April 14, 0600 GMT. Despite the expiration of Ukraine’s deadline to Pro-Russian activists to lay down arms or “face force,” Pro-Russian activists stormed and took over a police station in Horlivka. Tensions in Ukraine rose as the world waited in anticipation to see President Turchynov’s response and the promised military force against Pro-Russian activists occupying government buildings.
Pro-Russian activists had quickly taken over governmental buildings and police stations in the Eastern part of Ukraine, recently including those in Sloviansk, Donetsk, and Kramatorsk. The police station takeover in Horlivka was merely another addition. Meanwhile, 40,000 Russian troops amassed at the Eastern border of Ukraine. Many feared that the crisis in Ukraine will escalate into civil war.
Please continue to earnestly pray for peace in Ukraine. We hope in our Lord Jesus, who is sovereign over all. Pray for the safety of Ukrainian civilians caught in the tension. Pray also for a quick and peaceful resolution between Ukraine and Pro-Russian activists.