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Ukraine Update: Shock from mall attack

By TWR Staff
CE Europe, Europe, Global, Russia, Ukraine, turmoil

UPDATE: JUNE 29, 2022

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TWR's Recent bombings in Ukraine hit close to home for TWR and highlight the fact that the entire country is a war zone. [image courtesy of IMB.org]


The Ukrainian industrial city of Kremenchuk entered the war in a more extreme way on Monday, June 27, when Russian missiles slammed into a shopping center.

Video posted online shows the moment when the two missiles hit, immediately followed by an explosion and an immense cloud of black smoke. At least 20 people were killed, dozens were injured and 40 still were missing two days later, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

We grieve these losses, along with all of the losses stemming from this war. We’re also thankful that, again, no one from the TWR Ukraine team was killed or injured. But the man who produces programs for the Roma people of Ukraine happened to be close by and was traumatized, according to Alenka Stephenson, communications director for TWR Europe.

“He is alive, but psychologically it hit him very hard,” Stephenson reports. “He is in shock.”

Although the major front of the war has been Ukraine’s Donbas Region, events in recent days underscore the fact that the entire country is a war zone. Kremenchuk, where the mall was attacked, is hundreds of miles from the front lines, according to The Wall Street Journal. The capital city of Kyiv has been hit recently, but TWR Ukraine leader Alex Chmut and his team have continued to use the studio there.

The Kharkiv studio, which currently isn’t being used, is close to the site of a recent missile strike. The studio’s status isn’t known, but video from that district shows that very little remains standing.

The aforementioned Roma programming is another example of how TWR Ukraine continues to minister to people in a season of war. An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 Roma people live in Ukraine. Many are Jesus followers, but many others still haven’t learned the truth. For them, more than 500 programs in the series Tabor Goes to Heaven have been produced since 2013. (“Tabor” is the word for Roma camps.)

Please Pray With Us
  • The Kremenchuk missile strike highlights the ongoing attacks in many parts of Ukraine, including Kyiv and Kharkiv, where many of TWR’s partners live and work. Ukrainians in general are constantly exposed to the fear that they may be the next victims. Lord, please give them courage, stamina and peace and let them feel your presence in this crisis.
  • Anna, the TWR Woman of Hope director for Ukraine, plans to return from another country to Kyiv for a short visit next week. Go alongside and ahead of her, Father, providing safety and showing how she can be used for your glory in her broken homeland.
  • Our contacts in Russia and Belarus aren’t in the line of fire. But they are struggling with the social, emotional and spiritual concerns brought on by war against their brothers and sisters in Ukraine. Dear God, enable them to stand strong in their faith and to continue ministering to their countries despite tighter restrictions.
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