Since Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, it has had freedom of religion and no religious group has faced persecution. However, since 2014 Russian-backed separatists in control of parts of Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine have greatly restricted the freedom of Christians who do not belong to the Russian Orthodox Church. During the years of the Soviet Union, Ukraine was subject to strict religious regulation by the Communist government – Christians faced persecution and many church leaders were imprisoned.
The recent invasion of Ukraine by Russia has led to an outpouring of anguish and deep concern for Ukraine and its people. While Church in Chains does not work or have partners in Ukraine, we recommend the following as reliable sources for information, prayer and support.
Christianity Today Updates https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/topics/u/ukraine/
Slavic Gospel Association Updates https://www.sga.org.uk/latest-news-from-ukraine/
Evangelical Focus Updates https://evangelicalfocus.com/europe
Forum 18 (Religious Freedom Survey from Rebel-held area of Luhansk Region) https://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2721
European Evangelical Alliance https://www.europeanea.org/ukraine-crisis-response/
Tear Fund Ireland https://blog.tearfund.ie/ukraine