“The violence and the cynicism can not be described by any words. As a result we have more than 1,000 injured and at least 25 killed, mostly protesters.”
Several thousand protestors have been putting pressure on parliament to revert the presidential powers to the original state of the constitution when President Yanokovich took power.
When there was no vote, it resulted in riot police using force against unarmed protesters. By the end of the day on Monday, riot police began destroying the barricades and started taking over Maidan (the central area where the protesting has taken place).
The fighting against unarmed protestors has included firearms, stun guns, gasoline bombs, and snipers on the roofs. For two days the metro system in Kiev was shut down and all the Western train routes were cancelled to prevent more people from reaching the downtown area.
All through Monday night Kiev’s main square was on fire: burning tents, barricades, shots, continuous explosions. Blood, bullets, wounded after wounded person, and body parts. The riot police set the protestors main office on fire, destroying much needed food storage, hospital, and press center.
Doors for ministry
Despite the government’s announcement to shut down and disperse the protestors, Maidan still stands strong, with a tent of prayer right in the middle.
Many people want to pray for peace and protection and many are calling out to God like never before. “The news reports are terrifying as we are in the midst of our fight.” Kaluzhny adds, “As never before, we need God’s protection and a miracle.”
On Thursday, the city of Kiev went into panic mode as the government ordered snipers to strike the protestors. More and more people were killed without adequate defense. The panic created unparalleled long lines at the supermarket with little to no food on the shelves because trucks can’t get into the city to bring food.
- Please pray specifically that those working in the prayer tent would be safe from harm. Pray that God would bring peace to many amid the complete chaos. And, that He would be glorified among the nations, amid the conflict.
- Pray for the families who have lost loved ones in the violence and for the many medical workers who are tending to the wounded.
- Pray for a peaceful resolution. Pray that the Ukrainian government would realize they are shooting their fellow Ukrainians. Pray that they would put down their weapons and that Russia stays out of the conflict.
- Pray for quick and complete resolution to a very complicated situation throughout Ukraine. Pray for unity of believers and deep healing throughout the country.
- Psalm 121:3-4, "He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." Pray that Ukrainians would be reminded that their creator knows all of these things and is with them during this terrible time of conflict. He is shalom amidst the chaos.