Two days after recognizing the independence of the pro-Russian separatist regions of eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin announced on the night of Wednesday February 23 to Thursday February 24 the start of a military operation in Ukraine.
In the early hours of the conflict on Thursday, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reported that at least 40 soldiers and a dozen civilians were killed. Kiev, for its part, claims to have killed “nearly 50 Russian occupiers” in the east of the country.
After the announcement of the Russian invasion, UN Secretary General António Guterres addressed Vladimir Putin urging him "in the name of humanity" to bring his troops back to Russia to avoid "what could to be the worst war since the beginning of the century”.
In this context, I encourage us to pray for Ukraine, for its people, for Russia and for peace.
Discover precisely on the InfoChrétienne website a prayer for Ukraine proposed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell.
The news of the day offers us still other subjects for prayer.
Starting with Madagascar, which was hit yesterday by Cyclone Emnati. Rescuers are on site after the passage of the cyclone but are prevented by bad weather from carrying out in-depth searches in the most affected areas, namely the south-east and south of the big island.
Find on our site the story of a Christian humanitarian on site who works in collaboration with the charity organization Un Verre d'Eau.
Finally, we suggest you read the moving testimony of a Christian in Afghanistan. The country that is ranked first in the 2022 Global Index of Christian Persecution by the NGO Open Doors. The opportunity to pray for the persecuted church in this Asian country.
Camille Westphal Perrier
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