11/10/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky – Liberating Kherson & a language

From Lyuda (Day 250): Dear brothers and sisters, The good news that we have been waiting for many, many days has arrived. The enemy is leaving Kherson, our southern city which was taken by the enemy during the first days of the war. Russian troops approached Kherson on February 25, the city was completely occupied on March 2, 2022. In June, our Armed Forces started a counteroffensive – the invaders were thrown back from the first line of defense of Kherson. In September, the occupation administrations announced “referendums”, then Putin announced “annexation” of this territory. Now the situation in the Kherson region is changing dynamically. Our Armed Forces are moving closer to Kherson, and the invaders announced the withdrawal of troops from the right bank of the Dnieper.
Among our refugees we have many families that came from Kherson and Kherson region. It’s a great news for them.

We receive messages from the soldiers whom we sent the parcels with blankets, torniquets and other medical things. They ask to thank all those who made donations and provided them with the things that are so important at war.

Yesterday was a day of our national language and culture. On this day it’s a tradition to write all-Ukrainian dictation to show respect to our national language and check the literacy skills. There was a radio dictation and many Ukrainians could write it in different parts of the world. This year, the text of the dictation was dedicated to the native home.

Some our soldiers wrote it while at the front and in shelters, refugees abroad also joined in the writing. The very text of the dictation moved people, especially those who left or lost their home due to the war.

We are also fighting the war of language. Over the years, our language has been destroyed, suppressed and humiliated. Russian speakers looked down at people who spoke Ukrainian and called it a village language. Many of our talented writers were executed young in the Soviet Union and had no chance to write much. Even during the years of independence there was a dominance of Russian TV, Russian literature and mass media. Odessa region became a Russian speaking area because many people from Russia wanted to live near the sea and came to live here during the Soviet Union time.

But it’s nice to see big changes now. People in our region want to speak Ukrainian, want to read Ukrainian and develop our national culture. When people value their native culture they respect the culture of other nations and never destroy somebody’s identity.
In Christ,
Lyuda
P.S. The photos of all-Ukrainian dictation

5 responses to “11/10/2022 – Belgorod Dnestrovsky – Liberating Kherson & a language”

  1. Dear Lyuda, This is all so uplifting and good news. Joy in times of hard war. The photos are a great depiction of loyal Ukranians honoring your country and language. The embroidery on the young ladies’ blouses is so beautiful I continue to pray for you. You are held and led by God’s good hand Becky

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  2. Our Father in heaven
    Hallowed be Thy name
    Thy kingdom come
    Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
    Give us today our daily bread
    Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
    Lead us not into temptation
    Deliver us from evil
    For Thine is the kingdom, power and glory

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  3. Had no idea Ukraian language was being muscled by Russia especially being in a free, sovereign country. Strange, as any nation I go to, I have to learn their language, same with missionaries.

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