Christians in the so-called ‘grey zone’ of Ukraine are in urgent need of help as winter approaches. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the conflict between the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed separatists is still continuing.
But with the bitter winter months, many of those in exile are without fuel, food, life-saving medicines and basic supplies; and at the mercy of temperatures that can fall down to -20°C.
Neither side has yet gained total control of the ground between them, the grey zone. There is violence, insecurity, great danger. Factories have closed, jobs are scarce.
According to Barnabas Fund, Christians in wider Ukraine, eager to help their brothers and sisters caught up in the conflict, have given everything they can. Many have taken refugees into their own homes.
The Christian aid and advocacy organisation is providing food, medicine, coal and gas to heat homes and church buildings where they are living. It is already supporting 120 Baptist churches within the grey zone and other Baptist churches in the wider regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.