Ukraine (MNN) — Ukraine has announced rolling blackouts to save power starting Thursday. This comes after two weeks of Russia using Iranian drones to attack Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure.
Eric Mock with the Slavic Gospel Association says, “People were using their phones to record these new Iranian drones flying over the city. People can hear them coming. So much so that they are firing their guns in the air or trying to shoot them down. They are relatively slow moving.”
These drones are not controlled remotely. They follow set coordinates and explode on impact. The U.S. has promised Ukraine advanced air defense systems to defend against drone attacks.
Iran has denied the claim, but the U.S. State Department says there is “abundant evidence” that the drones come from Iran.
With winter setting in, the people of Ukraine face the bitter cold in the coming months. Many people in Eastern Ukraine may soon have no access to heating at all.
Mock expects to see a wave of refugees moving toward Poland. “It’s a brutal and medieval type strategy, but in the midst of all this, I think we have to remember that in these difficult days, these churches in Ukraine are filled to overflowing with new believers. The Gospel is going forward, the churches are growing.”
“Even these churches may find themselves without warmth to even take care of those who come to them.”
You can help these churches through SGA’s Operation Winter Warmth. The money will provide blankets, warm clothes, generators, and heaters for where there is electricity. This aid all gets delivered by local Christians. So far, SGA has supplied over 850 tons of humanitarian aid to Ukrainian churches by way of Poland.
Ask God to strengthen exhausted Ukrainian Christians.
The header photo shows part of a drone that was shot down in the Kharkiv region. (Photo courtesy of Mil.gov.ua, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)