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Official Ukraine Report from Niranjana Swami


Sri Sri Radha-Madhava ISKCON Kyiv

 

February 26, 2022
Sri Mayapura Dhama 11:30 AM EST

Dear devotees,

Please settle for my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I’m receiving communications from devotees all overexpressing their issues about our devotees in Ukraine. My gratitude is aware of no bounds, simply to your well-wishing ideas for the Ukraine devotees’ well-being. If you’ll hold them in your ideas, I’m certain there might be no restrict as to the form of assist it would give them simply by understanding that you’re pondering of them.

At this cut-off date, I’ve been spending most of my waking hours for the reason that occasions in Ukraine started, staying in communication with devotees with whom I can talk with out a translator. Beyond the information which is accessible on-line, my issues have been centered nearly solely on devotee morale, Krsna consciousness, and security.

So far there have been no stories of hurt which has stumble upon any of the devotees. In Kiev, devotees have areas under floor degree within the temple. The temple devotees together with some devotee households dwelling close by are chanting collectively, having kirtan collectively, and discussing Krsna katha whereas missiles are flying overhead, and explosions and gunfire could be heard from a distance. But they appear to be completely satisfied.

The Ukraine Regional Secretary, Acyuta Priya dasa, has been in common communication with all temple leaders all through Ukraine. His issues have been the identical as my issues. His stories have confirmed that up to now, devotees are in good spirits, though, understandably so, lots of these dwelling outdoors the temples are fairly scared.

So many devotees from outdoors Ukraine are asking what they will do to assist. At this cut-off date it’s too untimely for me to supply solutions to those questions. At some level within the close to future, issues might turn into extra clear if there might be a approach to assist financially.

My expertise from 2014, nevertheless, has led me to consider that I’ll not be capable of facilitate the identical form of assist which poured in through the earlier occasions from 2014. The devotees world wide helped the Ukraine devotees tremendously in 2014 and for that, the devotees are tremendously grateful.

In reality, I’ve a video (in Russian) which I’ve by no means posted out of concern for the devotees who had been talking. It was filmed the 12 months after every thing started in Eastern Ukraine. I used to be personally talking with a bunch of devotees outdoors that area. Some of those devotees had been in tears, whereas they had been giving first-hand stories on how they had been helped… spiritually, morally, and bodily, from the donations supplied to them from the worldwide assist which unexpectedly appeared of their lives.

I used to be “on-site” in 2014 and 2015, nevertheless, and was in a position to observe how the funds had been being disbursed to assist the a whole bunch of devotees who had been displaced with passports as the one possessions they had been in a position to hold with them. This time, nevertheless, it looks like it is going to be totally different. I’m not in Ukraine and presently there isn’t any option to get funds into Ukraine. I’ve additionally heard that every one transactions for fundamentals in Ukraine are presently going down on a “money solely” foundation.

If you want to obtain future updates, I might be honored if any of you’ll specific a want for me to serve you on this approach.

Hoping this meets you in good well being.

Yours in Srila Prabhupada’s service,
Niranjana Swami

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