Saturday, February 28, 2015

One Day to Go

Tomorrow is Free Savchenko Day.

We would like to invite you to take part in the global movement to call for the release of Nadiya Savchenko.

 Nadiya is a Ukrainian pilot who was taken across the boarder into Russia and falsely imprisoned. Tomorrow will be her 79th day on a hunger strike. People not only in Ukraine, but also France, Ireland, Japan and even Russia have been calling for her release. In a recent interview, Nadiya expressed that she believes she will live for only two more weeks.

We would like to cordially invite you to stand up for Nadiya and tell the world about her bravery, courage and sacrifice.

Tomorrow, we would like to invite you to make a nametag or a sign that says "Ask Me about Nadiya," or  "Free Savchenko" etc. Even if you could only wear the nametag for 15 minutes, anything will help to raise awareness for Nadiya.

If you choose to participate, we ask that you would kindly consider sending us the photo of you with your nametag or sign. We would like to collect as many photo's as we can and post them on the blog!

Thank you for your time and we sincerely hope you will join us and others around the world as we take a Stand for Nadiya.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Free Savchenko!

This Sunday, March 1st is global Free Savchenko Day.
Nadia Savchenko is a Ukrainian pilot that was taken across the boarder into Russia in June of 2014. Since December of 2014 she has been on a hunger strike to protest her continued false imprisonment. If Nadiya survives, this Sunday will be her 79th day on her hunger strike.

People not only from Ukraine, but Germany, Ireland, France, Japan, even Russia have been calling for her release.

We would like to cordially invite you to become part of the movement.

On Sunday, March 1st, we want to invite you to wear a nametag of some sort saying "My name is...Nadiya Savchenko" or "Ask me about Nadiya Savchenko" or "Free Savchenko"

Even if you can't wear it the whole day, we encourage you to do so for even just a little bit. Anything will help raise awareness about Nadiya, what she has been going through and her courage!

Also, we would like to try and collect as many photos from participants as possible, so we could post these on the blog!

This blog is dedicated to raising awareness about the conflict in Ukraine.

If you would be willing to participate, we ask that you might consider sending us a picture of you wearing your nametag! This is a great way to raise even more awareness!
Please spread the word about Nadiya and invite other to join us!

Thank you for your time and consideration. We hope that you will join us in Standing With Ukraine.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meet Daniel

This is Daniel.
He is 15 years old.


Daniel died on February 22, 2015.

~Shared by Euromaidan

Daniel (also known as Danya) was 15 years old. “He studied at a school for gifted children. He was fond of judo and he was a [soccerfan,” said Hanna Churkina, an Euromaidan activist and an English language teacher who traveled to Poland with a group of Kharkiv children last summer.

The march on Sunday, February 22, 2015, was to commemorate the first anniversary of the Maidan Massacre, which took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. As of this writing, other fatalities resulting from the 2/22 attack include Igor Tolmachev, a physicist who was a coordinator of Euromaidan activities a year ago, and Vadim Rybalchenko, a police officer who had just returned from his tour of duty in the Anti-Terrorist Operation in the southeast of Ukraine.

(UPDATE 2/24/2015: Nataliya Zubar reported that another victim of the bombing, an 18-year-old, died in the morning of February 24, Kharkiv time. His name was Nikolai Melnychuk and he was a student, wrote Natalya Ryabinska.)

According to Oleksandr Shevchenko, who witnessed yesterday’s attack, the bomb would have caused much greater casualties if it weren’t for the fact that a moving truck just happened to pass by, shielding the marchers from shrapnel.

It is important to note in this context that Ukraine’s security agency (SBU) has announced that it apprehended other would be terrorists in Kharkiv and elsewhere in Ukraine. The terrorists were caught with Russian-supplied weapons and admitted that they were trained by Russian Federation agents to conduct acts of sabotage against civilian targets.

The conflict is REAL.
Please, visit Our Crafts to see how you can help.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16.33)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Through the Eyes of a Child

Although this video is not about Ukrainian children, the events displayed are the reality for many in Donetsk and the surrounding areas.

Please, take the time to watch this video and visit Our Crafts to see how you can help bring peace to a suffering country and its people.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tension Rising

Ukraine Conflict Worsens!

Thousands dead. Hundreds of thousands displaced. Needs expand.
Shared by Christian Aid Ministries

Published February 12, 2015 11:06
Deadly destruction  in eastern Ukraine forces thousands to flee their homes. Deadly destruction in eastern Ukraine forces thousands to flee their homes.
In Donetsk, Ukraine, a man heard a knock during the night. “We know you have a backhoe,” said the armed men outside his door. “Follow us! We need a big hole.”
After digging awhile, the man stopped. But the armed men urged, “No! Bigger!” He dug some more, but they said, “Still too small!” Finally, when they were satisfied with the hole, three military trucks arrived. The trucks were filled with bodies of soldiers and civilians—including children—which were dumped into the pit. “Now cover them!” the men commanded.
Hearing faint moans coming from the pile, the man hesitated, but the armed men ordered him to continue. After returning home, the man immediately gathered up his family and moved out of the area.

Since CAM’s mailing last June about a literature and aid project in Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of New Testaments and Bible story books have been delivered to Ukrainian churches for spiritual outreach. Our staff in Ukraine has been busy distributing food, clothing, and other aid to war victims. Now, the funds designated for humanitarian aid are depleted, while the situation has taken a sharp turn for the worse.

In recent weeks, the fighting in Ukraine has been especially intense and has continued to flare, even though a cease-fire between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed rebels was declared last September. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced within Ukraine. Official numbers state that over 5,000 people have been killed and 11,000 wounded since the conflict began last April. But in reality the numbers may be considerably higher. The UN Refugee Agency warns that conditions are ripe for a major humanitarian crisis.

At a church soup kitchen, CAM staff was unloading food when the pastor received a frantic phone call from a church sister who was at a border checkpoint. The pro-Russian guards were angry that she was trying to leave the area and had just shot her young child.

Many younger people have fled the conflict areas, leaving almost no one to bury the dead in some places. One Christian, hearing that his mother had died, traveled a long distance to give her a decent burial. He found the house damaged and his mother’s body dismembered. With no one to help, he loaded her remains on a wheelbarrow and conducted a short graveside service alone.

On the positive side, the deadly conflict has caused people to take their lives more seriously. Many unbelievers have come to God. The sounds of bombs and missiles prompt brethren to make wrong things right. They are acutely aware that life is uncertain.

“In the past we said, ‘Lord willing, we will do this or that,’ ” shared one pastor, “but now this has taken on a completely new meaning!”

CAM’s dedicated drivers face danger on every trip to eastern Ukraine. They brave military checkpoints. They drive over roads cratered from missile strikes. Yet their faces glow as they share about the joy of bringing hope to the needy.

Information for this article was gathered by CAM’s general director David Troyer on a recent visit to Ukraine.

What will you do, now that you know?
Isaiah 61:1

Remembering the Heavenly Hundred

Please, take time to read this article on this one year anniversary of the

 Heavenly Hundred.

Borys Gudziak: A year later, reflections on the life of Bohdan Solchanyk and the other Heavenly Hundred

Feb. 19, 2015, 7:48 p.m. | Op-ed — by Borys Gudziak 

Bohdan Solchanyk, one of the Heavenly Hundred of Ukraine's EuroMaidan Revolution, and his fiancee Maria Pohorilko. Solchanyk was killed by a sniper on Feb. 20 in Kyiv, one of more than 100 demonstrators killed during the three months of protests that drove President Victor Yanukovych out of power.

For the past year, every day we see and hear of painful numbers – x servicemen and y civilians killed by shelling in eastern Ukraine. A year ago the murders of the Heavenly Hundred on the Maydan, during the EuroMaidan Revolution in Kyiv, moved the world. Today, it seems that death becomes a statistic. Numerous deaths become depersonalized. Without names even supreme sacrifice—and our own responsibility in its regard—become blurred
So let me tell you about one young man whose life and death help explain the developments in Ukraine today. 
Bohdan Solchanyk was 28 years old. A promising historian, a faculty member at the Ukrainian Catholic Univeristy, a poet, a young man in love. He sought to understand the past of his country while fully engaging in its present struggle for dignity in order to build a better future. That future included marriage to Maria Pohorilko, herself an aspiring historian, PhD student, and UCU graduate. They both wanted to live with dignity. They hoped to share the story of their country with students, with readers of their articles and books, and with the world at large.

Alas, the final episode in the life of Bohdan occurred on February 20. Along with some 80 other unarmed idealists, European-minded Ukrainians, Bohdan was brutally shot and killed by government snipers in the central square of the capital of Ukraine as the world’s TV cameras showed the slaughter live.
The message of Bohdan’s life and death is simple. It is a message that Europe and the world need to hear at a time of great anxiety and confusion surrounding Ukraine and Russia. This confusion is largely created by the propaganda of those who despise Bohdan’s vision of life, and are confounded by his very life of sacrifice.

Bohdan was one of the millions who for months assembled peacefully, joyfully, with song, with prayer, with poetry, with street theater, with music and dance in the very center of Kyiv and many other towns and cities in Ukraine. Their goal was simple: to manifest their desire for freedom, liberty of the press, vitality of civil society, justice in the court system, freedom from corruption in business, politics, education, and the medical system. In one word – a life of dignity. A life guarantied to most Europeans.

Bohdan’s life was cut short because his civic position was a threat to authoritarianism, cronyism, and corruption. He was a threat to radical social inequality with oligarchs and politicians living in vulgar opulence and the rest of the population struggling to survive. He was killed because people in power feared his song and his joy, the dance of millions and solidarity of a nation.

Bohdan had been in the forefront of social protest over the last 10 years, since the Orange Revolution in 2004 when he was 19 years old. He was not paid by American agents to stand in the middle of the night in -15C. He was not a puppet of an external scheme. He was not a secret provocateur of the European Union.

He was a human being who recognized his own God-given dignity and wanted that dignity to be ensured for all Ukrainians.

Bohdan’s death and death of the first hundred killed mercilessly by the riot police and security services led to the collapse of President Victor Yanukovych's regime.

Yanukovych fled Ukraine overnight on Feb. 21-22 because his security forces no longer could sustain the brutality to which they were instigated. Enough was enough. They realized that criminal methods no longer could control the country. The paschal sacrifice of innocents, the spilling of blood—the most profound and awesome sacrament—toppled an unjust tyranny.
The collapse of tyranny in Kyiv, Ukraine’s song, civil society, freedom of the press and public assembly could not be endured by the president of Russia. Ukraine had to be punished. Crimea had to be annexed; an artificial war had to be created to bring to its knees a society that dared to defend its dignity. It was to be proved that Ukraine is a failed state and the Bohdan Solchanyk died in vain.

That is the story of Bohdan Solchanyk and the millions who stood with him. That is the explanation of what is happening in Ukraine today. There are many factors and many issues of a complex story but at its heart is a pilgrimage from fear to dignity, from authoritarianism to liberty, from corruption to justice—ultimately from death to life. It is a paschal story.

On Feb. 20 Ukrainians and all friends of Ukraine will commemorate the sacrifice in blood of the Heavenly Hundred – the first to die on the road to dignity. They will commemorate the 5,500 soldiers and civilians killed because of the invasion of their country.

As they commemorate the dead, they address the humanitarian crisis of the living, the tens of thousands of wounded, thousands of widows and orphans, the 1.5 million displaced, the 5 million directly touched by the war.

For us who are people of faith, who follow Christ, and celebrate His passion and Paschal victory, the sacrifice of Bohdan and his colleagues is a reminder of the witness of the martyrs. There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends (John 15:13). These are the words of our Lord. They explain this painful anniversary and the heart of the events happening today in Ukraine.

Bishop Borys Gudziak is the head of the department of external church relations for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and the president of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Home from Debaltseve

~Shared by Euromaidan Press~

Hundreds of citizens in Kyiv come to welcome home soldiers from the front.

Visit Our Crafts page to find out what you can do to help the soldiers of Ukraine as they fight to defend the honor and pride of their country.

May we stand with Ukraine in her quest for freedom.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Did You See Them Lying Side By Side?

Please take time to listen to the song as you look through the pictures.

"Did you see them lying side by side?
Someone used to cradle them and kiss them when they cried..."

Did you see them going off to fight?

Children of the barricade...

That didn't last the night.

They were school boys never held a gun.

Fighting for a new world that would rise up like the sun.

Where's that new world now the fighting's done?

Who will wake them? No one ever will.

No one ever told them that a summer's day can kill.

Same old story, what's the use of tears?

What's the use of praying if there's nobody who hears?

Do you Hear?
Join us TODAY.
Stand with Ukraine.

Isaiah 61:1