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Voice of the Martyrs is raising emergency funds to provide urgent aid to Ukrainian people who are suffering because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We will provide aid to those who are still in Ukraine and those who have already fled to Poland and Moldova.

Over the last number of years, the Russian government has increased pressure on Evangelical Christians in Russia by restricting Christian freedom of worship and evangelism. Russia’s Yarovaya Law (named for Irina Yarovaya, the law’s political champion) and its amendments have labelled many Christian churches as religious extremists. The law has specifically 

criminalised Russian Christians’ speech and activities as they have attempted to be witnesses for Christ. Christian literature has been restricted and Christians and churches have been penalised.

In 2014 the pro-Russian separatists (controlled and sponsored by Russia) took control by force of the two eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in Ukraine. They immediately started heavy and systematic persecution campaign of Christians. Severe crimes have been committed against Christians (including the murder of Christian leaders, imprisonments, torture, seizure of property, etc). Many Christians also had to flee Crimea when Russians took control of it.

As in their own country, Russia will view Ukrainian Evangelical Christians as a threat due to their obvious ties to the protestant churches in the West. We may expect similar acts of violence as in the two eastern regions of Ukraine. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not just a political and military move but also a spiritual battle.  Russia will suppress Ukrainian Evangelical churches which consists of 700,000 believers who have up till now enjoyed freedom of worship in Ukraine.

Voice of the Martyrs aid response will support:

1) Ukrainian Christians who are still in the country.

2) Ukrainian Christians and families who have fled to Poland and Moldova. 

3) Any refugees in Poland and Moldova who reach out for our help. We will do it as an expression of God’s love in accordance with Galatians 6:10.

4) Christian churches, organisations, and individual Christians in Poland and Moldova who provide shelter for Ukrainian refugees.