The United States has responded to the tensions in Ukraine and the alleged actions of Moscow to intensify the Ukraine crisis by imposing sanctions on 7 Russian government officials and 17 Russian companies that are linked in Russian President Putin’s inner circle. President Barack Obama announced the sanctions shortly after Hennadiy Kernes, mayor of Kharkiv, was shot in the back and critically wounded in the chest and abdomen.
Ukraine warns Gazprom of taking their gas deal disputes to court if a new deal is not accepted. Russian gas company Gazprom has doubled its gas prices to Ukraine and holds the country to a debt of $2.2 bn, which Ukraine disputes. Recently, Slovakia and German energy firm RWE made deals with Ukraine to provide some gas resource to the country. However, the combined resource from both is significantly less than what Ukraine typically buys from Gazprom.
On April 27, Pro-Russian activists reveal the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) monitors held hostage in Sloviansk. Among the 13 hostages, seven are OSCE officials and 5 are Ukrainian army personnel and the bus driver. None of them have been harmed, and one hostage was released due to health reasons.
While political tensions continue to escalate, we remember that Christ is Lord, and that He is sovereign over the chaos in this world. Pray for peaceful resolution between Ukraine and Russia, and that the leaders of nations would have wisdom and care in dealing with these difficult times. Pray especially for the people of Ukraine, who have been living in anxiety and unrest. Pray that God would use this time to turn the hearts of the lost towards Him, and that they would find rest, hope, and joy in Christ.