Update #10: Our visit to Bucha, Ukraine

One of the most memorable moments of our visit to Ukraine was to Bucha, the small town near Kyiv that Russia tried to obliterate. Not only did they indiscriminately destroy houses, apartment buildings, and businesses, they are also suspected of torture, raping, and...

Update #8: Cherkasy, Ukraine

Shocking is my word for the day. We were up very early this morning to drive nearly 4 hours towards the frontlines of the war, stopping in Cherkasy, a modern city of 300,000, and the capital of the Cherkasy Oblast (or what we could call a state). Early each morning we...

Update #7: Kniazhychi, Ukraine

Sunday was a day for attending church services, gathering together for communal meals, and, unfortunately, being reminded of the horrors of war. We attended Sunday morning services at the Evangelical Community Church in the village of Kniazhychi, Ukraine. The pastor...

Update #6: Irpin and Bucha, Ukraine

“There are no words….” As a retired Army Colonel, I’ve served in several combat zones in the midst of war, and seen its ugly aftermath. But never have I witnessed first hand the utter and brutal destruction of peaceful towns and villages as I saw today. Perhaps this...

Update # 5: Kyiv, Ukraine

We boarded our train in Przemysl, Poland, and arrived tonight after a 13-hour train ride. We made stops in Lviv and a few other large cities, before disembarking at the gigantic, but dark train station in Kyiv. The train was full of Ukrainians returning to the...