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Rising Propaganda Against Sects in Eastern Ukraine

“Get them out of our republic, they are just turning people into zombies”

One woman says in the video below as she talks about how terrible “sects” are and how they should be kicked out of Donetsk People’s Republic.

(“Sect” is a general term used mainly by Russian Orthodox that can refer to almost any non-Russian Orthodox religion)

Another man speaking through a megaphone states:

“We have found our calling, we are Slavic people and we have a Slavic faith, we are all Russian, we are Orthodox Christians… we say ‘no’ to sects, we say ‘no’ to those who bless the war with their deceptive principles!”

The people begin to chant:

“NO SECTS, NO SECTS, NO SECTS!”

In the background people hold up signs. One reads:

“Greek Catholic Church -Bringer of anti-republic movement”

A young man tells the camera:

“We came here because we disagree with the politics of these sects, they are bringing values that don’t fit our ideals.”

This might be a good time to remind you of a video documentary done last year about Churches in Donetsk People’s Republic which revealed the government’s antagonistic approach to anything but the Russian Orthodox Church.

I also wrote about this October when the Church in Krasny Luch came under attack by local officials.

While it seemed the last couple of months had provided a lull in this type of activity, this new protest is worrisome.

Please pray for the many evangelical and protestant Churches in separatist controlled areas of Donetsk and Lugansk.

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  • Thank you for sharing. You’re all in my prayers.
    As I read things like this I can’t help but think of Matt 24 and other End-Time prophesies about how much hatred for God’s people will increase and how the love of many will grow cold.
    I don’t know if we are in the “end times” but I do know that God’s love and plan will prevail even in the darkest of nights.

    • Yes, we always have to keep our eye on that great hope that shines through even in the darkest circumstances, thanks TC!

  • Wow, I had no idea this was happening in Ukraine. A couple of years ago I went to Riga, Latvia for a couple of weeks and there was really no discrimination against evangelicals going on over there. Was the protest orchestrated by the government or was it led by the people or both?

    • Latvia was one of the first Soviet states to break away from the former Soviet Union back in 1989 I believe. They do not have the same history as Russia, so that is why you would not have seen anything like this there. In fact even if you were in Eastern Ukraine 3-4 years ago you wouldn’t have seen this.

      I don’t know who organized the protests but my money would be on the authorities.