Russia attacks Ukraine: What is the reality for Christians on the ground?
As Russia invades Ukraine, closing in on the capital city of Kyiv, people are scrambling for safety.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says more than 130 people have already died.
Earlier this week, as the invasion seemed imminent, Context spoke with Roman Soloviy, Director at the Eastern European Institute of Theology.
Soloviy describes what a Russian occupation would mean for Christians in Ukraine.
“From the beginning of this Russian occupation [in 2014] of [the Donbas and Luhansk] regions, persecution of evangelical churches began,” Soloviy told Maggie John.
“The self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic has refused to register all communities of Baptist, Pentecostal, and all other Protestant churches. And the believers could face fines or arrest merely for praying or gathering in people’s homes.”
“Suppose Russia occupies any part of Ukraine or imposes its political agenda on Ukraine, it will impact all aspects of the lives of churches and ordinary believers.”
Soloviy called for prayers of protection, wisdom for governments, and for an end to the Russian attacks.