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Ukrainian Christians face harsh persecution from Russian forces


Christian leaders in Ukraine have united in sending a letter to U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, urging him to acknowledge the plight faced by believers in their nation amidst persecution by Russian soldiers.


The letter, signed by figures such as Valerii Antoniu, President of the Baptist Union of Ukraine, and Yaroslav Pyzh, President of Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary, along with Dan Darling, Director of the Land Center for Cultural Engagement at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Richard Land, former President of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, highlights the tragic impact of Russia’s invasion on religious communities.

According to the letter, the Russian government’s actions have targeted Baptists and other evangelical Christians in Ukraine, resulting in torture of faithful Christians in occupied territories, destruction of churches, and removal of pastors deemed not “pro-Russian”.

Despite Russian attempts to portray Ukraine as intolerant towards Christians, the reality, as emphasized by the letter, is that it is the Russian government’s aggression that has caused harm to peaceful, law-abiding believers in the occupied regions. Religious liberty advocates report the destruction of hundreds of churches, underscoring the severity of the situation.





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