Ukraine (MNN) — As the Ukrainian crisis enters its second month, Russian President Vladimir Putin orders 134,500 new conscripts in the army.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the call had nothing to do with the war in Ukraine. However, the The UK Ministry of Defense said Russian forces “suffering heavy losses were forced to return to Belarus and Russia to reorganize and resupply”.
Meanwhile, thousands of ordinary Ukrainians – including TransWorld Radio staff – do whatever they can to help defend their country.
“We have program producers in the country who are preparing to fight, and yet every day they send programs to us so that we can broadcast them to their countrymen,” said Jon Fugler of TWR.
“It’s amazing; they are my heroes. We are grateful that they can do this day in and day out.
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More than four million people fled Ukraine to take refuge in neighboring countries, exceeding the most pessimistic estimate of the United Nations. “They need encouragement and hope,” Fugler says.
This is precisely what TWR wants to provide through a brand new initiative. “One of the things we’re gearing up to launch in the 10-day week is a 24-hour online radio station,” Fugler says.
“It’s primarily music to provide Jesus-centered encouragement and hope. We also have people who read Bible verses of encouragement.
The ministry is also working on a content hub for Ukrainian and Russian speakers on its TWR360 Platform. The hub isn’t finished yet, but once it’s finished, “native speakers can go there, wherever they are in the world, and find material – anything they’re looking for, anything they need during this time,” Fugler said.
Ask God to give his peace to the staff of TWR and pray that they can pass that peace on to their listeners. Connect with TWR here if you would like to support relief efforts in Ukraine.
The header image shows one of the Russian infantry vehicles demobilized by Ukrainian forces in Chernihiv Oblast on March 28, 2022. Russian forces ‘suffering heavy casualties were forced to return to Belarus and to Russia to reorganize and restock,” according to the UK Foreign Office. Defense. (Wikimedia Commons)