(Part 2 of the video is below)
Nita Hanson was the first woman I interviewed several years ago. I recently received this urgent message from her regarding the situation in Ukraine.
Saturday I will be returning to the States for a few weeks. How hard it is to think about leaving here with our situation totally unresolved.
Times are getting more and more uncertain. It appears to all of us that Putin is trying the same strategy he used in the Crimea, hence the masked men with weapons, guarding the territory they have taken. He knows the weakness of this government whose authority rests so uncertainly. God help us stand until the election on May 25th.
Several days ago, I was waiting outside a store to meet someone when I heard the roar of an airplane. It sounded like a fighter jet and everyone’s eyes went up to the sky. Then another one came and another one. My mind immediately flashed back to some of the films I have seen from WW II when people saw Hitler’s planes coming and were looking up in curiosity only to flee seconds later as gunfire opened up. That is the edge we are living on right now, wondering if it has started and is if so, how quickly it will come here. My Tonya’s husband left for the front already – he wasn’t called up but went voluntarily. I’m wondering how long before Dr. Tamara’s husband is called.
Last week the government sent some soldiers in tanks to remove the protesters from some of the buildings that have been seized in the East. As the soldiers came into one of the towns, they were surrounded by women, children and older men – all civilians. They came to a stop, not wanting to hurt them. Once they were stopped, from the back of the crowd came men wearing the ski masks and military uniforms and carrying machine guns. They demanded that the Ukrainian soldiers give them their ammunition and surrender their tanks. They did and then were sent back to Kiev on buses.
This is the insidiousness of the enemy we are facing. As one of these young Ukrainian soldiers said, “I will not shoot my own people” (the innocent civilians). They were placed in a situation which appeared to have no solution other than to surrender. What do we do in the face of such evil – for now evil truly is called good and good evil.
Prices are going up daily – gasoline has gone up by more than one third and the Hyrivna (Ukrainian money) has already been devalued by about 25%. Yesterday I heard a news commentator discussing whether Ukraine could even survive as a country. Clearly it is Russia’s desire that we won’t..
Please pray that God will place His hand over all of Ukraine, but especially from the South up alongside the East all the way to the North — that He will guard us and establish us that we may take our place among the nations without fear of being swallowed by our neighbor.
Thank you for your continued and fervent prayers and blessings to all of you,