Russian Invasion Could Mean Serious Persecution for Christians in Ukraine

The photo shows Ukrainians sheltering in a metro station during the invasion. (Header photo courtesy of the Kyiv City Council, CC BY 4.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons)

The civilian death toll continues to rise in Ukraine as Russian forces bombard several major cities. The UN reports at least 400 civilian deaths so far. That number includes several children. One family died as Russian mortar shells hit an evacuation checkpoint in the capital Kyiv.

Thus far, Russian progress in conquering Ukraine has been slow, but if they succeed, local churches could face increased persecution.

Greg Musselman with The Voice of the Martyrs Canada says, “Vladimir Putin continues to lock down anything that doesn’t go along with his ideology. [There have been efforts] to present religion and even Christianity, evangelical Christianity, as being a threat. Some ministries and Christian organizations have even been labeled as terrorists.”

“It’s been very difficult for the churches in Russia. So if this happens in Ukraine, it definitely is concerning for the leaders there.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Pray for peace in Ukraine.
  • Ask God to strengthen Ukrainian Christians to show Jesus’ love in a dark time.