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Monday, March 24, 2014

Jehovah's Witnesses in Ukraine

(Washington Post 3-24-14)

Ukraine Asserts Russian Invasion and Reinstitutes Draft
(New York Times 8-28-14)

Witnessing to university students in Lviv


1,737 congregations and 373 groups in 15 languages
JW.ORG News Report Concerning Jehovah's Witnesses in Ukraine and Crimea

LVIV, Ukraine—The branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ukraine reports that on June 17, 2014, one Witness in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk was killed when a bomb exploded next to his car. No other Witnesses have been killed or seriously injured as a result of the civil unrest in the country that started a few months ago. However, hundreds of Witnesses have been evacuated from the affected areas of eastern Ukraine. Those displaced are taking refuge with fellow worshippers.

Despite ongoing violence, the Witnesses in Ukraine continue sharing the Bible’s comforting message with their neighbors. During the first half of June 2014, the Witnesses hosted several large, peaceful gatherings in eastern Ukraine, which included Bible-based talks and demonstrations of how to apply the Bible’s advice in everyday situations. Over 5,200 were in attendance. The Witnesses will host some 40 regional conventions in Ukraine and Crimea, which will highlight Biblical statements about a peaceful future under God’s Kingdom. More than 165,000 are expected to attend these events, including 7,500 in Crimea.

The 2002 Yearbook Report Concerning Ukraine:
"Jesus spoke an illustration about seed planted in fine soil, describing those who develop deep appreciation for the Word of God. They “bear fruit with endurance” by faithfully continuing to proclaim God’s message despite hardship and suffering. (Luke 8:11, 13, 15) In few places on earth has this been more evident than in Ukraine, where despite more than 50 years of ban and harsh persecution, Jehovah’s Witnesses have survived and flourished..."
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Also related to Jehovah's Witnesses in Ukraine is the OCTOBER 4, 2012 article, "Justice Prevails in Ukraine" where it relates that "on September 26, 2012, the Ukraine Supreme Court quashed an illegal attempt to seize a large part of the property on which the Ukraine branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses is located."

For much more about Ukraine, see:

Ukraine - Links to information (INDEX; Watchtower Online Library)

Mailing addresses and phone numbers for the Religious Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ukraine (JW.ORG)

Invitation to tour Jehovah's Witnesses' offices and printing facilities. Find locations and tour times. (JW.ORG)
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