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November 28, 2004

Please Pray Now. . .

There are several reports of Kuchma planning on declaring martial law and possible attempting to raze the tent city at 8pm local time. Please pray that peace will prevail, Kuchma will not use violence, and the protesters will remain level-headed.

And Yushchenko has issued this statement,

"Ideas of force resolutions are appearing from time to time. Mr. President, I'm appealing to you: God forbid the government should resort to force. You will confront unimaginable power, and these 500 thousands, who are standing in this square, will grow tenfold."

"If any preparations for resolution by force come to light, we will break off negotiations immediately."

"I would like to appeal to people who wear the military uniform. Remember one thing - weapons always speak in unison with the truth, they never work against your own people."


Update: As of now, my Ukrainian friends who are following the news or have been in the center have not seen any actions against the demonstrators or tent city. Maidan continues to report concerning developments.

As Neeka says, "many believe that all these rumors are based on the very real threats that keep being averted through pressure and negotiations."

However Chairman Volodymyr Radchenko of the The Council on National Security and Defense of Ukraine says the use of force against the protest participants is "impossible."


2 am update here, from Hubby.

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Will continue to...

You are there at such a critical time. The world IS watching, and thanks to blogs, we get to share your front seat view of the move toward true freedom in Eastern Europe. "For such a time as this" keeps coming to mind. Thank you for giving us that opportunity.

I've been praying that evil will not prevail, that truth will be brought to light, and Ukranians will have the courage, wisdom and patience to see true change effected.

Posted by: Lyana at November 28, 2004 06:32 PM

Will be praying. Hang in there.

Posted by: Seth at November 28, 2004 06:48 PM

I've put up the ongoing information as it comes in, TG, and I've alerted major bloggers I know. I'm sure you'll understand when I say I hope you're wrong!

We had a prayer for Ukraine in my little Lutheran church this AM.

Posted by: kb at November 28, 2004 06:50 PM

praying praying and more praying!

Posted by: Dana at November 28, 2004 07:33 PM

Instapundit has the story now. Maidan.com details look ominous.

Posted by: kb at November 28, 2004 07:45 PM

We (Americans and Lithuanians) are with you!!!

Posted by: Rick Zahn at November 28, 2004 07:50 PM

I'm so utterly sorry.

As a Chilean, I understand what war does to a country. After 30 years since Pinochet, we are still divided and the scars haven't yet healed. You can see it all around.

I'll pray that God will put a stop to all this.

God bless you and protect you.

Lots of love from afar.

Posted by: Happy at November 28, 2004 09:23 PM

Thank you for giving me specifics for my prayers. Tulip Girl, you remind me of Queen Esther - "And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?" And who knows whether you have not been placed in the Ukraine with a blog for such a time as this? God bless and protect you.

Posted by: Earth Girl at November 29, 2004 03:04 AM

Thank you, Tulip Girl for reporting events inside the country. Being an American, I was born into a country that fought its way to independence 230 years ago. To see the pictures of all the people in Independence Square is a thrill. This could be the greatest blow for freedom by the masses since the fall of the Berlin wall. God bless all of you and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Michael Kazmac at November 29, 2004 03:39 AM

I hope this isn't off the point but we here in the west are all fascinated by the guy's change in his face. This has been really played up in some of the press here. The rumor is he has been poisoned. Any truth to this?

Posted by: Diane Roberts at November 29, 2004 06:29 PM

Diane,

Hubby had thought of putting that up several months ago when it first happened. He saw Yushchenko at a rally the day he returned from treatment in Austria.

There isn't a definitive "this-is-what-happened" answer. But I can verify something *did* happen to drastically alter his looks. His face is partially paralyzed, and his speech has changed too, from what my Ukrainian friends tell me. All indications point to foul play.

Posted by: TulipGirl at November 29, 2004 07:39 PM

Thank you, Tulip Girl for reporting events inside the country. Being an American, I was born into a country that fought its way to independence 230 years ago. To see the pictures of all the people in Independence Square is a thrill. This could be the greatest blow for freedom by the masses since the fall of the Berlin wall. God bless all of you and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: G. Carlisle at December 17, 2004 06:21 AM


 
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