From Lyuda (Day 202): Dear brothers and sisters, I wish you a good day and a lot of blessings of the Lord.
Being away from home I read the news all the time and give thanks for the good news. For so long we’ve been praying for the liberation of our territories and now it’s such a joy to see it’s happening.
One of the refugees that stays in our church is Olga from Izyum, the city in Kharkiv region. She came to our town in March. She was able to leave her city a day before it was occupied and since then she hasn’t heard any news from there, she doesn’t know anything about her house whether it’s still there. But it’s a great joy for her to know that she can come back home soon.
There are some interesting facts:
The city of Izyum was a place through which hundreds and thousands of units of Russian heavy military equipment was coming. A lot of this technique was staying in Izyum. In other words, just the Izyum group of Russian army could theoretically stop our counteroffensive, but they fled in a panic, leaving all this equipment to our army. It turns out a paradoxical situation that Ukraine has more tanks after the advance than before it began. This has never happened before in world history.
Our soldiers make videos of new Russian tanks standing in the streets of Izyum and call it “Russian lend-lease”. Our guys start these tanks on the move, replenish ammunition from the same Russian warehouses, which they didn’t even blow up in a hurry, and shoot them in the back with their own tanks and ammunition!
Olga’s son is in Mariupol and for a long time she didn’t have any contacts with him. She worried a lot and one day he answered her call, but after that she began to worry even more because he talks very strangely, he says that everything is fine in Mariupol, he has a good job and he invites his mother to go there. He talks about the city that is completely destroyed! Each time Olga talks to him, he keeps telling the same things and she is not sure whether somebody controls him or he began to have a mental problem after witnessing so much tragedy there. Please, pray for Olga and her son, Igor.
Few days ago Russian troops launched rocket attacks on critical civilian infrastructure. There were explosions in Kharkiv, Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk, Sumy and Donetsk regions. The blow was inflicted, in particular, on the thermal power plant in Kharkiv, one of the largest in Ukraine. As a result, five regions – dozens of cities and villages – were completely or partially de-energized. Ukraine sees this as revenge for the successful counter-offensive of its troops.
Our President addressed Russia in a Telegram post:
“Do you still think that we are ‘one nation?’ Do you still think that you can scare us, break us, make us make concessions?”
“You really did not understand anything? Don’t understand who we are? What are we for? What are we talking about?,” “Read my lips:
Without gas or without you? Without you.
Without light or without you? Without you.
Without water or without you? Without you.
Without food or without you? Without you,”
“Cold, hunger, darkness and thirst are not as scary and deadly for us as your ‘friendship and brotherhood,’” he added. “But history will put everything in its place. And we will be with gas, light, water and food … and WITHOUT you!”
Please, pray for our country,
P.S. You can see the photo of the soldiers liberating Izyum city, Russian tanks left there and the photo of Olga.