An announcement earlier this month revealed that February’s sniper killings in Kiev were ordered by then-President Viktor Yanukovych. During that time, over 100 protesters were shot and killed by riot police. Between 30,000 and 80,000 Russian troops are now stationed at various locations along the Ukrainian border.
The buildup of Russian troops has created a new, and strange, environment for residents in Kiev. Despite the fact that danger is near, everyone is functioning as normal, according to Amy Richey from EFCA Reach Global. While Ukraine’s immediate future is uncertain, Christians in the area are holding fast to the fact that God will continue to show his grace and mercy on the country.
Though tension in Ukraine is high, the Church has started to come together more than ever. Denominational barriers in Ukraine tend to be very strong, but a recent prayer meeting resulted in those barriers being broken down. At this meeting, leaders from throughout Ukraine came together to pray for unity of believers and for the Gospel to be shared.