From Voice of the Martyrs
Evangelical churches in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are being targeted by pro-Russian forces, which view the evangelicals as “sects” that support the Ukrainian government by praying for peace. VOM has received reports of at least nine attacks on Christians, churches and church-run drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. Pastor Sergei Kosyak, pastor of an Assemblies of God church in Donetsk and founder of the “Prayer for Ukraine” movement, was detained and beaten for four hours. In another incident, on June 17, gunmen broke into a Christian rehabilitation center and held 29 people hostage, before later releasing them. Pro-Russian rebels have detained other pastors and have robbed and looted churches. Many evangelicals in the region refuse to take up weapons on principle, and some congregations have been very public about the fact that they are praying for unity in Ukraine.