The situation in eastern Ukraine is dire.
According to the UN, more than 1,000,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, leaving everything they had behind. Many more are without water and electricity. Food and medical supplies are running low and in a few weeks the weather will become bitter and the suffering will become deadly.
Without such assistance, thousands of individuals will get sick and many — especially the old and infirm—will die.
Because of the many years I have worked in Ukraine on charitable, educational and political projects, I believe that a synergy of government, NGOs and faith-based organizations offers the best hope for relieving the suffering of the population in the present crisis. I am hopeful of success because every sector of society has committed itself to cooperation, beginning with the Office of the President and including business leaders, charitable organizations and churches.
Responding to the humanitarian crisis alone is not sufficient.
It is time to tell the world the truth about Vladimir Putin and the threat he represents not only to Ukraine, but also to Europe and the US. The response of the Western democracies to Russian aggression in Ukraine makes it obvious that many of the leaders of these governments do not possess the historical perspective or an understanding of what is at stake. We need to help them understand that the place to stop Putin is the Donbas, not the Vistula.
A tragic and under-reported dimension of the crisis in Ukraine is the war being waged against the religion by the separatists.Bishops and pastors have been abducted, tortured and beaten. The murder of five pastors and deacons has been confirmed. Hundreds of churches have been closed, with many churches either destroyed or taken over by terrorists, leaving whole congregations without places to worship.
Persecution has not been experienced to so great a scale since the days of Communism.
This is the situation that gives rise to Save Ukraine Now, an organization that will provide direct aid to the Ukrainian people in the recently liberated areas of eastern Ukraine and will be a strong and aggressive advocate for Ukraine to the Western governments, the media, NGOs and wider public.
Dr. Gary Kellner
Save Ukraine Now