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Franklin Graham Writes to Putin, Zelenskyy to Ask for a Cease-Fire During Holy Week

Lviv, just 44 miles from the Poland border, is about 340 miles west of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The new hospital closer to Russian hostilities will be able to help soldiers and others injured in battles.

Franklin Graham, right, recently visits with medical staff at a Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital in Lviv, Ukraine. Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

“We have orthopedic doctors, general surgeons and all the supplies so we want to be closer to where the injured are,” said Graham.

Asked if he worried for the safety of his staff, he said, “You’re always concerned, but it’s not going to stop us from doing what we need to do.”

About 160 Samaritan’s Purse staff and volunteers are in Ukraine now, according to Graham. He said the organization has also distributed some 90 tons of food. Samaritan’s Purse has not partnered with any other relief organization, though it is aware of an Israeli field hospital, also in Lviv.

Samaritan’s Purse is also funding the rescue and relief efforts of local Baptist and Pentecostal churches with $16 million in donations. Graham said that could double if the need continues.

Franklin Graham looks at a map of Ukraine during a recent 2-day visit to Samaritan’s Purse operations in Lviv, Ukraine. Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

He said he planned to go back to Ukraine during Holy Week to show solidarity with Christians there and to encourage them.

Asked if he saw any signals that Putin was planning to scale back its military offensive on Kyiv, the capital, as reported, he said he didn’t know.

“Regardless of whether he scales back or intensifies, we’re there to help the people. Samaritan’s Purse could possibly be there several years. The need is tremendous.”

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This article originally appeared on ReligionNews.com.