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Christians and Church Leaders React to Russia’s Violent Ukraine Invasion

Screengrab via Twitter @CNN (UC) Smoke and flame rise near a military building after an apparent Russian strike in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russian troops have launched their anticipated attack on Ukraine. Big explosions were heard before dawn in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world leaders decried the start of an Russian invasion that could cause massive casualties and topple Ukraine's democratically elected government. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Russia launched their anticipated and unprovoked full-scale military attack on Ukraine, a country in Eastern Europe, Thursday morning.

ABC News reported on Thursday that at least 40 people had been killed and several others injured, a number expected to rise rapidly throughout the day.

“We will give weapons to anyone who wants to defend the country,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted. “Be ready to support Ukraine in the squares of our cities.”

Videos of civilians fleeing for safety by car, bus, and train can be seen on the internet as Russian forces attack from multiple different fronts. In one video, a father can be seen crying as he tells his family good-bye while placing them on a bus headed to a safe zone.

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Another video of an airstrike shows a fighter jet launching a rocket near a house with civilians inside. Terrified screams from a young child could be heard as the rocket’s explosion shook the house.

A video captured by CNN during a report by Clarissa Ward in Ukraine shows a small group of Ukrainians kneeling and praying in the street of Kharkiv behind Ward. “It’s freezing cold here, so to see these people kneeling on the cold stone in prayer is—honestly—very moving,” Ward said.

Christians and Church Leaders React

A number of church leaders and Christians have reacted to the events of the day on social media, many of them urging people to pray for Ukraine. SEND Relief created a “Ukraine Prayer Guide” that gives specific ways people can pray for all who are involved.

Samaritan’s Purse’s CEO Franklin Graham asked people to pray for Ukraine and that the conflict would end quickly. Graham shared that he has many friends in Ukraine and Russia and that he has preached in Kyiv and Lviv. Samaritan’s Purse “works with over 3,000 churches across Ukraine, and we are in the process of distributing over 600,000 gift-filled Operation Christmas Child boxes for children through those churches and ministry partners,” he said.

“There is so much fear and uncertainty,” Graham concluded. “Many Ukrainians are fleeing their homes toward the west. These families need our prayers.”

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