Missionary from Ukraine visiting Piedmont churches

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Maia Mikhaluk is a missionary from Ukraine visiting Piedmont churches and telling her story of patriotism.

"We didn't think we could change anything in our country and during this time we saw that country does matter,” Mikhaluk said.

Mikhaluk was a part of the crowd that gathered in Independence Square to protest the president's decision of not signing a pact with the European Union in November.

Riot police fired on the crowd and as many as 100 people were killed. Mikhaluk says the protesters didn't back down because a higher power were supporting the protesters.

"It's amazing to see how people turning to God. A lot of prayer,” Mikhaluk said. “There's no atheist in the war."

The riot police stopped their attack and the president of Ukraine fled the country. Elections are scheduled for late May.

But Maia Mikhaluk says the country's faith will be tested again because the Russian army is staged along the Ukraine border.

"It's like a spiritual revival because a lot of people are coming to Christ because of all of the difficult circumstances,” Mikhaluk said.

While the country of Ukraine is relying on their faith, Maia Mikhaluk is also hoping other nations will put pressure on Russia and stop them from building an army along its border.

"There’s been three stages of sanctions and they haven't brought any change,” Mikhaluk said. “The troops of Russia are gathering on our borders in greater numbers"

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