Ukrainians Are Begging for A Miracle
This headline from a secular news site really caught our attention. They are asking for a miracle…well, let’s pray for one.
From CNBC News: Millions of Ukrainians saw their lives plunged into uncertainty as troops rolled into eastern Ukraine in the early hours of Tuesday morning, following orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The headline-dominating news followed Moscow’s recognition of two breakaway republics run by pro-Russian militias.
For markets, fears of a Russian invasion — that have been voiced by Western leaders for weeks but mocked by Moscow as “propaganda” — triggered a sell-off. But for Ukrainians themselves, across the country of 44 million, the consequences are much more personal.
“I’m really scared,” Olga Pereverzeva, an accountant living in eastern Ukraine, told CNBC in the hours after Putin’s order to send in troops.
Her home in Mariupol is on the frontier of the conflict in the separatist areas of Donetsk and Luhansk and just 30 miles away from the Russian border. The city of half a million people was briefly captured by Russian-backed separatists in 2014, and has seen substantial violence since.
“Mariupol is so close to the border,” she said. “We need a miracle to save us…”
For months, Russia has been amassing heavy weaponry and troops — now numbering upwards of 150,000 — near the Ukrainian border and carrying out military drills, all the while insisting it had no plans to invade its neighbor. But the conflict between the two countries — underpinned by Putin’s conviction that Ukraine belongs to Russia — has been going on for years…
The United Nations estimated in 2019 that 13,000 people have died in the conflict; the number is likely to be even higher now….
In recent days, Russian state-controlled media and the separatist groups in Luhansk and Donetsk have reported escalated fighting, accusing Ukrainian forces of instigating attacks.
Ukraine has vehemently denied such action, and Western leaders have repeatedly warned of “false flag” operations carried out by Russia to legitimize invading.
On Monday, Russia used the reports of renewed violence — which the West and Kyiv said was manufactured by Moscow — to justify sending in “peacekeeping forces” to protect their citizens.
Now, the critical question is whether Putin will stop at the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, or carry on to take more of Ukraine and even its capital Kyiv…
All over the country, families have prepared for rapid getaways should Russian forces penetrate their towns and cities.
“Most of the people around me are genuinely afraid and unsure of what’s going to happen. Some have packed small suitcases,” Irina Solodka, a doctor in Kyiv, told CNBC.
For her part, however, she said she was continuing with business as usual. “I believe that everything will end on a positive note for Ukrainians,” she said. “We are not running from anything and Kyiv is peaceful right now. We are not, however, 100% certain of that just yet.”
How are you praying for these citizens?
(Excerpt from CNBC News. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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