From Lxxx (Day 75): Dear brothers and sisters, We thank you for your prayers and your faithfulness in supporting us. Yesterday there was a multiple air attack on Odessa and Odessa region. Some buildings including a big hotel complex was destroyed in Odessa. An electrical substation was destroyed in Artsiz (the city in Odessa region) and the whole district is left without electricity and water. We had several air alarms yesterday in our town but the missiles coming in our directions were successfully destroyed in the air. We can tell the sounds now and recognize the explosions in the air. God really protects our town.
We could have a worship and a concert which was a great blessing for us and for the people from our community. After two months of tension and disturbing news it was so nice to listen to music that fills hearts with peace and hope. Mxxxx Sxxxxx and Lxxx Yxxxxx played a wonderful concert with the music of Bach, Hendel, Widor, Skoryk, Bortyansky. We are so thankful for their visit to our town. We also were glad to have visitors in our church, because a concert is another opportunity to share the gospel announcing the pieces of music which have Biblical background and are devoted to God. I was glad to see at the concert my new friends – the women from the local defense.
Today is a Victory day and we have a curfew till tomorrow. There are threats of blows. Since the times of the Soviet Union it has always been a big holiday when people visited the WWII memorials, honored veterans with flowers. But it was sad that somehow imperceptibly this holiday began to resemble more some kind of religious rite extolling the Soviet Union and then Russia over other countries in the world. They never mentioned their allies in that war. Many facts were hushed up, like those associated with serious mistakes of the command, when victories were won not by military tactics and planning, but by the big number of people and the cruelty of commanders.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, many facts became known and I was shocked when I found out about the barrier detachments that were always behind the attacking battalions to shoot at those who turned back. Another shock was to learn that the prisoners of war who returned from the German camps were sent to the Soviet camps as traitors to the motherland. Today, many people in Russia honor Stalin as a great leader who won the war without thinking that so many people of his own country were killed by his orders. No wonder that Putin has such a support.
Several years ago Ukraine began to celebrate the day of victory over fascism on May 8 with the whole world and this day became a day of mourning and memory but not the triumph. On this day I want to wish all people in the world peace and love and I hope we will see peaceful days in Ukraine soon.
In Christ, Lxxx