Christians in eastern Ukraine are under fire from a variety of sources, as Dr. Michael Cherenkov, Mission Eurasia’s executive field director, writes for The Baptist Times:
“War continues to ravage eastern Ukraine, where conflict erupted in April 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the violent actions of pro-Russian separatists. Along with forcing millions of people from their homes, the ongoing conflict has also resulted in the harsh persecution of Protestant pastors and churches throughout the territories that are occupied by pro-Russian separatist groups. One such group is the Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR), which is located in Ukraine’s Luhansk region and declared independence in May 2014.”
Since the outbreak of the war in eastern Ukraine four years ago, Mission Eurasia has drawn the attention of the international community to the religious freedom violations committed by the LNR in eastern Ukraine. And now these violations are becoming a central part of the LNR’s legal framework as the group models its legal framework on Russia’s harsh religion laws. From church raids to the abduction and torture of Protestant pastors, the LNR is waging war against the Protestant church in the Luhansk region.
We ask the global church to pray and intervene on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are losing their freedom to worship and suffering for their faith.