5/25/2023 – “The siren started wailing today just as our son was leaving a local public library…”

Today’s picture – The Orthodox Church of Ukraine has blessed icons created on the breastplates that stopped Russian bullets and saved soldiers’ lives. This is done as part of the ArtArmor project and emphasizes the spiritual struggles of Ukrainian people and the importance of faith. The icons will be presented to Ukraine’s allies in gratitude for their support.

From Ira Kapitonova (Day 455):

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
Psalm 5:4-6

The siren started wailing today just as our son was leaving a local public library, and I was waiting for him at the parking lot. We are still staying at a relatively safe location, and the library has a bomb shelter, so I wasn’t concerned about his safety, but I knew that the loud siren scared him a little. Seeing your kid getting scarred by war is one of the hardest challenges. Seeing your nation’s whole younger generation suffer at the invader’s hands is torture.

Belarusian opposition claims that Belarusian authorities helped abduct over 2,000 Ukrainian children. Kids (including orphans) aged 6 through 15 were taken to the so-called resorts in Belarus. We’ve seen this played out before with kids taken from occupied territories to Crimea or Russia when it takes months for the parents to track the child down and get permission from the occupational authorities for the child to return.

Moreover, there is information that Russia plans to forcefully deport all children from the Luhansk region under the pretext of health improvement. The children are given false diagnoses during the mandatory medical exam, and then the parents are forced to agree to treatment or medical rehabilitation in Russia.

For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongue.
Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
Psalm 5:9-11

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