3/17/2923 – Remembering the theater marked “Children”

Today’s picture – in memory of the Mariupol drama theatre tragedy, a candlelight ceremony was held in front of the Kyiv Opera Theatre tonight (photo source – EPA). We remember.

From Ira Kapitonova in Kyiv (Day 386):

Show me a sign of your favor,
that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
Psalm 86:17

I just spent a few hours searching for the news and words worth sharing, but my thoughts keep going back to locations – Bakhmut and Mariupol.

A year ago, on March 16, 2022, Russian pilots bombed the drama theater in Mariupol. Over 1,000 people, including many children, were sheltering there. Just hours before the attack, the people sheltering there wrote “Children” in large letters in front of the drama theatre. They were hoping it would stop the Russians from bombing the place. Back then, we were still hoping for some remnants of humanity in their hearts. According to some estimations, in the single deadliest known attack against civilians to date, about 600 people were killed inside and outside the building. However, many survivors put the number even higher. A year has passed, but that event remains shocking.

Today, another city in the Donetsk region is leveled with the ground. Our soldiers there keep doing the impossible. The Russian troops keep pushing from all sides, wanting to surround the city. When thinking about the defenders of Bakhmut, I inadvertently think about the defenders of Mariupol, who, a year ago, also kept fighting against all odds. The fields around Bakhmut look like a sieve with huge mine craters, one next to the other. Please, pray for our defenders, especially those in the Bakhmut area.

4 responses to “3/17/2923 – Remembering the theater marked “Children””

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


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