“'Crimea was, is, and will be an integral part of Ukraine.”
"Those were the words of interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk calling the newly-appointed Crimean parliament’s vote to leave Ukraine and become part of Russia “an illegitimate decision.” A referendum on the matter will be held March 16.
"President of Russian Ministries Sergey Rakhuba says he isn’t focusing on that part of the crisis anymore. “The world cannot do much at this point anymore, except raising the rhetoric, escalating the tensions and the international dialogue. I don’t think Russia will back out of Crimea.'”
Read Many Hopeless about Crimea, by Greg Yoder, at Mission Network News.
"As the standoff continues between Crimean and Russian military forces, believers in Ukraine are mounting their own army–a legion of prayer warriors seeking peace and healing in their country. Christian Aid Mission, your link to indigenous missions, says Ukraine’s churches are full of believers on their knees.
“'Christians throughout Ukraine are praying and fasting. All churches are overcrowded with people who are coming to seek God’s face and ask for deliverance,” said Rostislav Borishkevich, the director of Good Samaritan Mission in Kiev. “People are crying out to God because they know that only He can help our nation.”
"One of the ministry’s churches in Rivne, Ukraine, overflowed with some 2,000 worshipers who gathered Sunday evening for an all-night vigil.
"Borishkevich told Christian Aid Mission that the tense situation in Crimea has prompted some Muslims, who make up about 12% of the population, to come to area churches and join in prayer services."
Please read The Churches Are Full, by Katey Hearth, at Mission Network News.