May 19, 2022

Ukrainian minister in Vancouver stresses for friends and family in the midst of Russian intrusion

 

Ukrainians in northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington are stressed over friends and family back home and what a Russian intrusion will mean.

Russia sent off a wide-running assault on Ukraine on Thursday, hitting urban communities and bases with airstrikes or shelling, as regular folks packed into trains and vehicles to escape.

In releasing Moscow’s most forceful activity since the Soviet attack of Afghanistan in 1979, President Vladimir Putin diverted worldwide judgment and falling new authorizes – and chillingly alluded to his country’s atomic stockpile. He compromised any far off country endeavoring to slow down outcomes you have never seen.

  • Large blasts were heard before first light in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa as world pioneers criticized the beginning of a Russian intrusion.
  • In Ukraine it was 1984 when we wedded, Pastor Paul Demyanik said as he showed us photos of his family in a magazine.
  • He, his significant other, and by then two of his now three youngsters moved to the U.S. from Ukraine in 1991, as the Soviet Union was falling.

We accompanied only two bags, no cash, he said, sharing that they’ve presently assembled a brilliant life here, including the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Vancouver.

It’s an honored nation, and we need to have something similar in Ukraine for our kin, Pastor Demyanik said.

They actually have family members in Ukraine, incorporating Demyanik’s father by marriage and brother by marriage, and they’re restlessly looking as Russian powers move in

It’s a truly difficult stretch since they are prepared for war, he said. We are in the United States however in a profound sense, intellectually we are with them.

He said each individual from this assembly has friends and family there.

They dread the misfortune and cost of what’s to come, and Demyanik referenced the reservists being called upon to protect their country.

We wish for all individuals to be alive and live, and there is not a really obvious explanation to start a conflict and we are as yet stressed over it, he said.

Sunday evening individuals from his assemblage and different Ukrainians in our space will accumulate at Ukrainian Bible Church in Fairview with medication and supplies that they intend to ship off the Ukrainian armed force and emergency clinics.