Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fighting Escalates In Eastern Ukraine

There are already 1.4 internally displaced people in Ukraine- the cast majority are from the eastern war zone while less than 100,000 are from Crimea. Russia is aiding and abetting another humanitarian crisis through its gross violations of Ukrainian territorial sovereignty. Russia, the US, and UK all were signatories of the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances. "The memorandum included security assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan." In return, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan surrendered their nuclear stockpiles. I can guarantee you Putin would never have invaded Crimea- regardless of the outcome of a "vote of the people"- if Ukraine still had the third largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world!

Now Ukraine is struggling with a war on the eastern front and over a million people without homes- exiled within their own country due to Russian aggression.  Carly Jones, national director of Mission Without Borders in Ukraine said:

We remain very concerned for the people of Ukraine and the long term impact the conflict is having on communities. Access to water is a critical issue with up to 1 million people at risk of a lack of access to safe water.” She continues, “We are keen to highlight it’s not just the eastern region that’s been affected, but across the country internally displaced refugees need shelter and support.” (Good News Shared website)

Mission Without Borders has delivered thousands of Operation Christmas Love parcels to the eastern front.  While the mission base is in Sarny (in western Ukraine), many internal refugees have flooded the area.  They continue to provide for thousands of children (still) in state institutions and hundreds of families are being sponsored on their journey to self sufficiency.  Pray for the work there as they care for many families in crisis and share God's love with those who have lost everything.  Pray for peace and justice in Ukraine.

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