US-based Christian group sends emergency supplies to Ukrainian churches
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia's nuclear deterrent forces to be on high alert in response to financial sanctions imposed on Russian banks by European nations following his invasion of Ukraine.
In a meeting with his top officials on Sunday, Putin ordered his defense minister and the chief of the military’s general staff to put the nuclear deterrent forces in a “special regime of combat duty” in response to what he claimed were “aggressive statements” by NATO members and financial sanctions that block some Russian banks from the Swift global payments system, according to The Telegraph.
Ukraine’s health minister announced Saturday that at least 198 civilians, including three children, had been killed by Russian soldiers. Among the hundreds of civilian casualties were a 6-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl.
The “real figures are considerably higher” as officials assessing the situation have yet to confirm other reports, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said, according to Axios.
As the war rages, a U.S.-based Christian group is leading efforts to support churches in Ukraine, some of which are housing displaced women and children who sought shelter after the shelling began.
Illinois-based SGA said it was prepared to provide 175,000 meals through its partnering with a network of more than 2,300 Ukrainian and Russian pastors, including more than 40 churches in eastern Ukraine where the fighting is most intense.