‘Ukraine war must end with liberation of Crimea – Zelensky’


There looks to be escalation of fighting between Ukraine and Russia. The BBC reported:

Ukraine war must end with liberation of Crimea – Zelensky

August 10, 2022

The war in Ukraine began with Crimea and must end with its liberation, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.

Ukraine’s president was speaking after a string of explosions hit a Russian airbase there, killing one person.

Mr Zelensky did not mention Tuesday’s blasts but said: “Crimea is Ukrainian and we will never give it up.”

Russia’s defence ministry said ammunition detonated at the base. Meanwhile, Ukraine denied any responsibility for the explosions.

In a separate development, Ukrainian officials say 13 people were killed in overnight Russian strikes in the central Dnipropetrovsk region, and another one in the Zaporizhzhia region in the south.

Crimea is internationally recognised as part of Ukraine – but the Black Sea peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014 after a referendum which the global community sees as illegitimate. Many Ukrainians see this as the start of their war with Russia.

On Tuesday, a series of explosions rocked the Saky military base near Novofedorivka, in the west of Crimea – which is near seaside resorts popular with Russian tourists. …

Any attack on Crimea by Ukraine would be considered deeply serious by Moscow. Russia sounded a warning last month when ex-President Dmitry Medvedev threatened last month that “Judgement Day will instantly await” if Ukraine targeted Crimea.

Mr Zelensky did not refer to the blasts in his speech late on Tuesday, but spoke at length about the peninsula, saying: “We will not forget that the Russian war against Ukraine began with the occupation of Crimea.

“This Russian war…began with Crimea and must end with Crimea – with its liberation,” he said.

Mr Zelensky’s latest remarks suggest he believes that Ukraine must retake the peninsula before the war can end – but in the past he has said different things on the issue. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62487303

Voice of America reported:

Powerful explosions erupted at a Russian air base in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding five others, authorities said, but the cause of the blasts was unknown.

Witnesses reported hearing at least 12 blasts shortly after 3:15 p.m. local time Tuesday.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said “several aviation ammunition stores” blew up at the Saki base in the region seized by Russia in 2014, but it emphasized the installation had not been attacked and no aircraft had been damaged.

Ukraine denied responsibility.

“Of course not. What do we have to do with this,” Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak said. A statement from Ukraine’s defense ministry said it “once again draws attention to fire safety rules.”

Shortly after the explosions there was widespread speculation on Ukrainian social networks that Kyiv’s forces had hit the base with long-range missiles.

Ukraine’s forces have not attacked Crimea during Russia’s offensive, now in its sixth month, with officials in Moscow warning Ukraine that any attack on Crimea would trigger massive retaliation, including strikes on “decision-making centers” in Kyiv.

But a small-scale, makeshift drone hit the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in the Crimean port of Sevastopol last month, an attack blamed on Ukrainian saboteurs. The Saki base has been used by Russian warplanes to strike areas in Ukraine’s southern region.

In his nightly video address Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said people should focus on Crimea.

“The Black Sea region cannot be safe while Crimea is occupied,” he said, reiterating Kyiv’s position that Crimea must be returned to Ukraine. 08/09/22 https://www.voanews.com/a/explosions-rock-russian-air-base-in-crimea/6694724.html

Let’s presume from the reports, from Russia and Ukraine, that Ukraine did not attack Crimea are correct. And let’s presume that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is serious about retaking Crimea.

That statement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will likely get Russia to come up with plans to take stronger military action.

One reason that Russia calls what it is doing a “special military operation” is that it has not gone to a full-out war with some of its more powerful weapons of mass destruction. But that could change.

The situation is Ukraine is already very difficult and escalations in warfare will further affect the people there, as well as in Russia.

The world needs Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to return. Here is something that the old Worldwide Church of God published:

Because Christmas is supposed to celebrate Christ’s birth, who hasn’t heard these two passages quoted widely? — 

“For unto us a child is born… and his name shall be called… Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

And “… on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).

Men identify Christmas with their longing for peace. Even normally hardheaded journalists become quite sentimental at this time of year.

For example:

 “Someday the spirit of Christmas will mean more in national and international affairs than it does today.
“Someday there will be peace on earth.
“Someday there will be good will toward men.”

Those words were written 25 years ago in U.S. News and World Report by the late editor David Lawrence. But as is obvious, that “someday” is not today. We have not yet reached that biblically prophesied millennium of world peace.

Consider a popular folk song that says that man can create a peaceful world by himself:

 “Last night I had the strangest dream I ever dreamed before; I dreamed the world had all agreed to put an end to war.”

Peace Without God?

Man believes he can create a peaceful world. The idea, most often put forth by the religious leaders of this world (who of all people should know better!), is that if only the nations can agree to put down their weapons and be nice to each other, war can be ended. Of course, such fluffy idealism has never worked in the last near 6,000 years of human history. But that doesn’t seem to make any difference to them.

In 1979, for example, at the World Conference on Religion and Peace, in Princeton, New Jersey, there met 337 representatives of the world’s religions Christian, Buddhist, Confucianist, Hindu, Jewish, Jainist, Moslem, Sikh, Shintoist and Zoroastrian. Their declaration showed their high expectation for what man can accomplish by himself in this world:

That “the power of active love, uniting men and women in the search for righteousness, will liberate the world from all injustice, hatred and wrong.”

That “modern civilization may someday be changed so that neighborly good will and helpful partnership may be fostered.”

That “all religions will increasingly cooperate in creating a responsible world community.”

Funny that religious leaders should leave God out as a necessary part of any attainment of a peaceful world! (But then, they cannot even agree on who or what God is!) …

The plain truth is that what man calls “peace” is not good enough. The one who wields superior force must also have right character with which to wield that power for the benefit of the governed. And that can only mean a government of God, not man.

Return of the King

Christ’s message was nothing so wimpy (to use a word currently in vogue) as going around to people preaching sweet nothings about peace. Christ knew — and knows — human nature. He announced that as long as man is subject to Satan’s attitude, peace can come only when one party overpowers another.

And that is the way peace will be restored to this earth. One who already has the right character needed to wield superior force will exercise that force to bring peace. Christ Himself leading an army of angels; from heaven, will literally have to militarily subdue the nations of earth:

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called the Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and Clean” (Revelation 19:11-14).

This is not the weak Christ of the world’s conception who has no practical, hardheaded way to peace. This is the picture of a military commander who knows He must put down resistance by force if there is ever to be peace — a conquering, returning King.

This is why the true Gospel — the good news of God’s soon-coming government — reflects the kind of hard-headed realism that this world’s religious leaders do not reflect in their own statements on peace.

And it is also why the Gospel is good news. The public — unlike many religious leaders — knows that empty platitudes of “peace, peace” will not bring peace. Just a few years ago, for example, 66 percent of the public told a Harris poll that it did not foresee “lasting peace in my lifetime,” and a majority said wars could not be avoided.

But when the conquering King returns, wars will be avoided. They will be avoided because Christ will have all power, and so none will be left over to fight with: “And he [Christ] shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4).

Yes, as David Lawrence wrote more than 25 years ago, “Someday there will be peace on earth.” It is prophesied in your Bible. (Calkins J. When You Say PRINCE OF PEACE Do You Really Know What You’re Talking About? Plain Truth, December 1980)

We have also seen religious leaders attempt to push ecumenical and inter-faith unity for peace in the 21st century. Basically, that is something that the World Council of Churches and the Vatican have been pushing for. Even secular organizations such as the United Nations and the World Economic Forum have been pushing for that as well.

The Bible warns:

8 The way of peace they have not known,
And there is no justice in their ways;
They have made themselves crooked paths;
Whoever takes that way shall not know peace. (Isaiah 59:8)

We need to pray for the return of the Prince of Peace and the establishment of the millennial Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:10).

But there will be more war (cf. Revelation 6:3-4) and troubles (Mark 13:8) until then.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

The Gospel of the Kingdom of God This free online pdf booklet has answers many questions people have about the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and explains why it is the solution to the issues the world is facing. Here are links to four related sermons:  The Fantastic Gospel of the Kingdom of God!, The World’s False Gospel, The Gospel of the Kingdom: From the New and Old Testaments, and The Kingdom of God is the Solution.
Russia and Ukraine: Their Origins and Prophesied Future Russia in prophecy. Where do the Russians come from? What about those in the Ukraine? What is prophesied for Russia and its allies? What will they do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end? There is also a video sermon available: Russia in the Bible and in Prophecy as are two video sermonettes Russia, Ukraine, Babylonian Europe, and Prophecy and Ukraine in Prophecy?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach? Here are links to two related videos: The King of the North is Alive: What to Look Out For and The Future King of the North.
Ezekiel 38: For Russia & Iran in Our Day? Is Ezekiel 38 about to be fulfilled? Are we close to the battle with Gog and Magog? Four related videos are available: Ezekiel 38 Gog and Magog War: Is it Soon?, Ezekiel 38: For Russia, Ukraine, & Iran Now?, Russia, Iran, Syria, & the Bible (Code), and Gog, Magog, Vladimir Putin, and Ezekiel 38?
Did The Early Church Teach Millenarianism? Was the millennium (sometimes called chiliasm) taught by early Christians? Who condemned it? Will Jesus literally reign for 1000 years on the earth? Is this time near? Three related sermons are available Let’s Talk About the Earthly Millennium, Millennial Utopia, and The Millennium.
Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? Does God have 7,000 year plan? What year may the six thousand years of human rule end? When will Jesus return? 2030 or or 2031 or ? There is also a video titled 6000 Years: When will God’s Kingdom Come? Here is a link to the article in Spanish: ¿Tiene Dios un plan de 6,000 años?
The Times of the Gentiles Has there been more than one time of the Gentiles? Are we in it now or in the time of Anglo-America? What will the final time of the Gentiles be like? A related sermon is available and is titled: The Times of the Gentiles.
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2022, 2023, or 2024? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000? Here is a version of the article in the Spanish language: ¿Puede la Gran Tribulación comenzar en el 2020 o 2021? ¿Es el Tiempo de los Gentiles? A related video is: Great Tribulation: 2026 or 2027? A shorter video is: Can the Great Tribulation start in 2022 or 2023? Here is a video in the Spanish language: Es El 2021 el año de La Gran Tribulación o el Grande Reseteo Financiero.

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