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On the front lines in Ukraine 🇺🇦
In war-torn Kherson, this church is a symbol of hope and resilience
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Since 2022, the city of Kherson, Ukraine has been under Russian occupation for nine months. Troops regularly attack the communities and buildings that remain.
A church building in Kherson serves as a refuge for many; some live there permanently, and others stay for a handful of nights as they’re passing through.
In today’s top story, Natalia Shevchenko reports from the front lines alongside Stanislav Syniy, who drives aid and supplies between churches and workers.
“Sometimes, you sit in the car somewhere and want to scream because of everything that is going on,” Syniy said. “Then you pray and you understand that you really can’t do anything. The helm is not in your hands, God steers you through somehow.”
Shevchenko is a friend of our parent organization The Media Project and has reported on Ukraine since 2015.
She spoke to members of the church about their lives since Russia’s invasion began, Syniy about his dangerous journeys across the country and Ukranian people about whether or not they can get used to a war that’s ravaged their lives for almost a year.
Christians like Stanislav Syniy are living in war times on adrenaline as they volunteer to provide, food, clothing and other supplies to people in need. They pray as they go, hoping for an end to a conflict that has destroyed parts of their homeland and left an estimated hundreds of thousands of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers dead. by Natalia Shevchenko
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