From Maia Mikhaluk in Kyiv (320th day of ruzzian invasion): On no other trip we have seen so much damage done to churches as we have seen on our recent trip to Lyman, Donetsk region. This is not new to us. We know of persecution of evangelical churches and pastors that takes place systematically on territories temporarily occupied by ruzzia.
But many of the ruined churches that we have seen on this trip used to belong to Orthodox church of moscow patriarchate. But when it came to destroying Ukrainian cities and villages ruzzians didn’t bother to differentiate. So much for invaders’ bogus claims that they are coming to protect some kind of spiritual values in Ukraine from western corrupt influence. The murders, rape and targeted destruction of infrastructure and cultural heritage demonstrate genocidal nature of this invasion.
These people do not know God and have no fear of Him, but the rath of God will find them.
Woe to the wicked!
Disaster is upon them!
They will be paid back
for what their hands have done.
Ghost village Bohorodychne gave us eerie feelings. There was dead silence in the air; the empty half-ruined houses were staring at us with their blind eyes of empty windows. There was a church on a hill. We stopped our van at the bottom of that hill. The road was narrow and littered with debris. It did not seem safe to drive; we heard too many stories about landmines.
I got out of the van and walked closer to the church. But that also felt reckless. I took a few shots from a distance. Later at home, I found photos of that area, and I was sorry I didn’t get to the other side of the church to photograph it from there. I must be getting old – my caution overpowered my photographer’s curiosity. Maybe next time I will be braver.
50 days left till spring.