Just a short pause from our regularly scheduled content to point out that the battle for Kyiv is currently underway and control hangs in the balance.
The Battle For Kyiv
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the fate of the nation is “being decided right now” as battles rage in hotspots across the country. Nowhere is the battle more critical than in Kyiv, where despite heavily outnumbering Ukrainian forces, Russians thus far failed to take control of the capital city.
While Zelensky has a target on his head, he has declined offers from Western officials to evacuate, vowing to defend his country on the ground. Rather than hide in the safety of a bunker or other secured location, he has donned camouflage attire and is fighting alongside his countryman to defend Kyiv, an incredible show of leadership.
Close combat street battles are currently taking place in Kyiv, with explosions and gunfire sending smoke into the air and debris through city streets. While Russia has denied targeting civilians, numerous images and video have emerged of apartment buildings and other civilian facilities that were shelled.
This story isn’t about us outside of Ukraine, but I have wonder whether our leaders and my fellow citizens would also rise up if our city was under attack from from foreign invaders. I’d to think so. The yearn for freedom is not just a theoretical conviction, but a deep current that runs though the souls of men. Even as many Ukrainians understandably flee for safety, many men and women remain behind, fiercely defending their nation against an immoral invasion from a corrupt regime.
And even as terror reigns down and thousands of civilians seek shelter in Kyiv’s Metro system, hope of the indefatigable human spirit remains.
two hours ago child was born in kyiv’s metro pic.twitter.com/YAgy78aq8U
— ⁷ (@futurmrsmin) February 25, 2022
All I can do in the moment of time is pray for the people of Ukraine, and I invite you to do the same.
I cry out with my voice to the Lord;
With my voice I implore the Lord for compassion.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare my trouble before Him.
When my spirit felt weak within me,
You knew my path.
In the way where I walk
They have hidden a trap for me.
Look to the right and see;
For there is no one who regards me favorably;
There is no escape for me;
No one cares for my soul.
I cried out to You, Lord;
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
Give Your attention to my cry,
For I have been brought very low;
Rescue me from my persecutors,
For they are too strong for me.
Bring my soul out of prison,
So that I may give thanks to Your name;
The righteous will surround me,
For You will look after me.”
image: @qiб / Twitter