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New Fighting Erupts in Ukraine

Pray for Churches Ministering in Conflict Zones

The fighting in eastern Ukraine has raged for two years, and so many families’ lives have been shattered. Pray for our missionary pastors as they distribute aid and share the Gospel with their heartbroken people.

The fighting in eastern Ukraine has raged for two years, and so many families’ lives have been shattered. Pray for our missionary pastors as they distribute aid and share the Gospel with their heartbroken people.

Early today, we began receiving reports that heavy fighting has again broken out in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said that separatists had launched an artillery barrage, with government forces counterattacking. The combat is taking place near the village of Staronativka near Donetsk. The Kiev Post, as well as Reuters, Interfax-Ukraine, and other media were all reporting on various segments of this new flare up of violence.

The media reports on casualties are conflicting, with some reporting 7 killed and 11 injured on the Ukrainian side. Meanwhile, some of SGA’s contacts in the region report frequent fighting in Mariinka, and that two casualties were reported from the Mariupol region—one Ukrainian solder wounded and another killed.

In a related matter, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said that four of its armored vehicles were destroyed overnight in an arson attack. The OSCE has been monitoring the implementation of a much-violated cease fire agreement and has been facing increasing hostility in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks. Alexander Turchynov, the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament and former acting president, stated to Ukrainian media that the OSCE incident was the precursor of the fighting, and that it appears that the separatists are “massing their forces in preparation for attempts to break through our defenses.”

Many in the conflict zones are unable to care for themselves, and the food provided through SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund is received with thanksgiving.

Many in the conflict zones are unable to care for themselves, and the food provided through SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund is received with thanksgiving.

As always, our hearts are grieved at the reported new fighting and loss of life. This situation underscores again how vital your prayers and your support of SGA’s Crisis Evangelism Fund are in helping evangelical churches reach out with needed humanitarian aid—and most importantly—the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which alone can bring real peace and reconciliation.

Please join us in praying for a cessation of violence, and for wisdom as the leaders of the churches we serve plan their crisis response with food and other help.

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