In Ukraine, civilian death toll rises

By March 14, 2022

Ukraine (MNN) — The Russian invasion of Ukraine has failed to make much progress in two weeks. Eric Mock with the Slavic Gospel Association says, “It’s very clear that the military has moved from the destruction of military targets to the destruction of civilian targets.”

“The Ukrainian army evacuated the staff and some of the students from our seminary that is supported in Irpin.”

Ukraine has been trying to arrange evacuation corridors to get citizens away from major cities.

Thousands of civilian casualties have been reported, and that number will only grow as more information becomes available. Mock says, “You may have seen a report that a young man who was assisting a lady and her children was hit by a mortar. He was a member of the Irpin Bible Church. He could have fled, but he stayed to help people out.”

God grieves over this senseless destruction of human life. But He continues to work through the local churches.

How to help

SGA worked with Ukrainian Christians for years, including those who faithfully served in areas where combat has raged since 2014. Now, they have begun working with many churches in Poland as well, helping refugees.

They send funds to Ukrainian and Polish churches, who in turn purchase aid for those in need. Mock says, “There’s a massive amount of aid that is coming from the United Nations, from the European Union, and others. It’s coming into the West [of Ukraine]. But a lot of that aid is just not going to make its way to the East. Everything is cut off.”

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The header photo shows Ukrainians taking shelter from bombardment. (, CC BY 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons)

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