Pray for: Ukraine

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Kyiv (Kiev)
Population: 43,466,822
% Urban: 69.8 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 15.9 %
Official Language: Ukrainian, but Russian widely spoken
Languages: 42
Literacy Rate: 99 %
HDI Ranking: 74 / 189
% Christian: 79 %
% Evangelical: 3.8 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 79 %
People Groups: 78
Least Reached People Groups: 28
% Unevangelized: 1 %

Ukraine

Title: Ukraine

Tier: 1

Type: country

Thank God for the rich Christian heritage of Ukraine. Christianity in the Slavic world began in Kyiv 1,000 years ago. Churches here suffered greatly until independence (1991) and millions of Christians died, but the faithful perseverance of the Church now bears fruit. Today it impacts most of society. Evangelicals emerged from 130 years of persecution with larger numbers and stronger faith. Ukraine has a spiritual drive and vision present today that is different from generations before.

Ukraine

Title: Ukraine

Tier: 1

Type: country

Ukraine’s location as a gateway between East and West puts it in a vulnerable position, as the last 15 years have shown. With the Orange Revolution in 2004-5 and then the Euromaidan in 2014, Ukrainians demonstrated the willingness to stand up to Russian interference in domestic affairs. In response, Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula, and supported two pro-Russian separatist movements which seceded from Ukraine. The war in the Donbas region has continued since then, and as of 2022, Russian forces are alleged to be massing. Tensions in the region increase, conflict persists, Russian interference does not abate, and uncertainty and strife continue to menace Ukraine. May God bring to ruin the plans of those who seek war, and may peace prevail! Pray for wisdom in the face of pressure for Ukraine’s leaders and freedom from fear for its people.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.