The residents of Bucha, Ukraine, were living quietly and harmoniously. But, when the Russian forces attacked the city, the quiet suburb drastically changed. It became a witness to the atrocities of war. Despite all of these, survivors testified of how God came to their rescue and spared them from harm.
The battle at Bucha
Russian forces tried to take control of the city of Bucha. Ukrainian Ground Forces and Russian Armed Forces battled each other out for almost a month before the Russians retreated on March 31.
International media has accused the attacker of war crimes as photos and videos show the brutality the locals have suffered.
Consequently, CBN News traveled to the battleground and questioned some of the survivors of the war. Oleksander from Volyn declared that Ukraine’s victory was God’s miracle. He said, “The fact that we forced them out of Bucha is God’s miracle! This is God’s miracle and nothing else.”
Bucha residents share God’s miracle
A Ukrainian pastor, Sergey Anohin, recalled how he and 167 Ukrainian Christians hid in a church basement. They were able to take shelter in the basement when the Russians attacked.
The soldiers were cursing those who had been in the basement for days. They kept returning to intimidate and assault them.
“We now know that during this time, while we sought refuge in the basement, people around us, many of them were being killed by the Russians,” Anohin confessed. “Many of them were being tortured.”
He added that one of the Russian soldiers, who goes by the nickname “Skipper,” would come to the basement and talk to them. They thought that he was different and kind. ”
“But the Ukrainian security service later told us that he was one of the cruelest soldiers and apparently ordered multiple killings.” The pastor stated, “[He] was responsible for torturing people in basements around Bucha.”
“It was very clear to us that God was watching over us, everything was in His hands. Like the story of how Daniel was in the lion’s den, we were under God’s protection.”
Pray for Bucha
The CBN News retrieved some videos and photos from the church members where they were seen singing, praying, and reading the Bible during their stay in the basement.
Today, Anohin urged his fellow believers to continue praying for Ukraine, specifically Bucha. “I would like for people to pray for our city that God would give peace in people’s hearts. There’s a lot of anger and hatred for what the Russians did to us, but I’m praying God will touch us and give us peace.”
He continued, “I would like our city to be remembered for those who were loyal, those who protected the city, and were faithful to God.”
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