Luhansk militants took captive evangelical pastor
In Sverdlovsk, Luhansk region, fighters of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Repubic captured the pastor TarasSenof the local Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith.
According to the Church’s administrative office, it happened on Sunday, September 27, 2015, the Institute of Religious Freedom reports.
From the beginning of Russian aggression against Ukraine pastor Taras Sen was one of the most active priests offering pastoral care and social assistance to needy residents of the occupied territories of Donbas.
From the very moment of its formation,the evangelical church in Sverdlovskhas carried out great social work whichhas not stopped in time of war. Pastor Taras Sen, along with other faithful volunteerswere constantly providing food and other assistance to numerous needy people in eastern Ukraine.
The Church clergymen are working hard and do all necessary actions in order to locate the pastor and return him to family and church community alive and healthy.
It should be noted that these days, September 29-30, 2015, the OSCE meeting on the problems of hate crimes, discrimination and persecution of Christians and other believers is being heldin Warsaw.
Earlier, human rights activists presented the report “When God becomes a weapon”, which includes facts, evidence and witnesses the victims of religiously motivated persecution by Russia –backed separatist insurgents in Donbas.