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Separatists have seized an evangelical church in eastern Ukraine amid reports of increasingly frequent attacks on Christians in the region.

In the latest attack, armed separatists broke into a newly constructed church in Donetsk on Wednesday 12 November, driving out the Christians inside and forbidding them from holding any further services there. They threatened to kill anyone who disobeyed this order.

The Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine are under the control of pro-Russian separatists.

The Council of Evangelical Protestant Churches of Ukraine issued a statement in July reporting intense persecution of Christians and of evangelicals in particular. It cited ‘abductions, beatings, torture, threats of execution, pogroms at the places of prayer meetings’ and the capture of Christian buildings. Contacts of VOM’s UK partner Release International inside Ukraine say ‘the threat of war on a large scale’ is growing daily.

Source: Release International

Prayer Points

  • Please pray for protection for Christians in eastern Ukraine, amid mounting insecurity and persecution. Pray that they will hold fast to their faith and know that God is their ‘strong tower’ (Proverbs 18:10).
  • Pray particularly for pastors and church leaders in this region. Ask God to give them wisdom to know how to protect their congregations and help strengthen their faith.
  • Pray the Lord will frustrate the plans of those who seek to oppose Him and His church in Ukraine.