We want to see an immediate ceasefire, a commitment to protect all civilians remaining in Ukraine as well as key services. All sides must abide by international humanitarian law.
Join us as we pray for our sisters and brothers in Ukraine
Christian Aid Ireland has called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and urged Irish and UK governments to support humanitarian efforts and welcome vulnerable people fleeing the conflict.
Christian Aid Ireland's Chief Executive Rosamond Bennett said:
"My heart goes out to the people of Ukraine at this dark and worrying time.
"They have already experienced 8 years of conflict resulting in thousands of lives being lost and almost one and a half million people being displaced from their homes. More have now died and thousands of women and children have been forced to leave the country but not everyone is able to leave because of their personal circumstances.
"We want to see an immediate ceasefire, a commitment to protect all civilians remaining in Ukraine as well as key services. All sides must abide by international humanitarian law.
"The UK and Irish governments must stand ready to support humanitarian efforts, including welcoming vulnerable people fleeing the conflict."
A prayer for Ukraine by David Thomas, Church and Community Manager
Lord of all people and all nations,
We lift before you the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia,
Each girl and boy, each woman and man living in fear of what tomorrow might bring,
We long for the time you spoke of through your prophet Isaiah,
When weapons of war would be beaten into ploughshares,
When nation will no longer lift up sword against nation,
We cry out to you for peace,
Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety,
Comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones,
Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression,
Fill earthly leaders with great wisdom to find paths to peace,
Please Lord come and have your way in your world,
May your will be done here, on earth as it is in heaven,
May your peace reign. Now and always,
We lift this prayer to you, our God who is able to do more than we can ever ask or imagine,
In the name of Christ our saviour,