UKRAINE / January 1/24/2014

I'm publishing below a note from a person who lives in Ukraine.  More than what any reporter would say we hear a sincere heart and concern for the fate of Ukraine; a country with a unique and turbulent history. The desire for liberty is a God-given, and blessed imperative that can never be extinguished.  Dictator's can capture our bodies and even enslave the mind, but the spirit can never, ever be contained.
I hope to publish other updates from from time to time. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING
Today has been a very long and difficult day for us in Ukraine.  It's been disheartening to see the civil war that is going on in Kiev since Sunday.  There was a large gathering on Sunday afternoon and somehow it escalated into violence.  Since the fighting broke out between protesters and the special police force on Sunday, there has been a continual strand-off between the two.  The conflict on Hrushevskoho Street, about 800 meters away from Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) where most of the protesters are standing. The leaders who speak from the stage urge the crowd not to join in the conflict, but to stay in Maidan and continue to pray. 
 
Today when the special police force began to descend upon the Protesters fighting on Hrushevskoho street, there was fear that the police would quickly get to Maidan and clear everyone out using force.
 
While watching the live videos today, I saw snipers and armored tanks.  I saw the police beat some protesters.  I saw the crowd grow from five to six times larger in approximately twenty minutes.  People rushed to join the crowd when the cell phone calls and text messages were made.
 
WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT
They are disgusted with all of the new anti-protest laws the government recently passed, but most of all, they've had enough of all the corruption that is throughout most of the government.  They want new elections immediately and for the current government to resign.
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please pray for Ukraine!  If the special forces (by orders of the government) are allowed to tear apart Maidan (independence) they'll soon go after all "anti-government suspects." 
Ukraine needs your prayers. 

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