Sending weapons to Ukraine should be condemned



William Yoder

Russian Pentecostal worship. Photo Facebook, Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

Shock was the overriding reaction felt by Russia’s Protestants when the invasion of Ukraine broke loose on 24 February. “I never thought I would live to see something like this!” was a feeling expressed by thousands. Yet once the initial dust had settled and once the Kremlin’s decision appeared irreversible, it became a near consensus among the general population that Russians need to “stand together and see this thing through. ”This may well help explain Vladimir Putin’s surge in popularity with approval ratings hovering around 85%. There is much talk of hypocrisy: Naughty tongues claim Western ire directed at Russia was provoked by Russia smashing America’s monopoly on foreign invasions.