PHILADELPHIA—Every day, Ukraine is hit with a new punch that causes more unrest in the battered nation. But the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday could open up positive political change within the country.
According to Fox News, Yatsenyuk supported closer ties with Europe and was a key participant in the protests that toppled pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February. The former Prime Minister, in office for just five months, said Parliament could no longer do its work and pass necessary laws. Current Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, elected to replace Yanukovych on May 25, has said that opinion polls show that “society wants a complete rebooting of the government.”
Sam Rohrer, President of the American Pastors Network (APN,www.AmericanPastors.net) has followed the news out of Ukraine closely, as APNleaders returned last month from a leadership summit in Ukraine, where pastors and elected officials were seeking to learn about biblical and Constitutional principles that could turn the country around.
“Some are wondering if the resignation of the Ukraine Prime Minister is a mark of progress for Ukrainians seeking freedom or it’s a mark of chaos and a result of Russian efforts to undermine freedom,” Rohrer said. “The answer is that this resignation is confirmation of the commitment and determination of President Poroshenko and Ukrainian government leaders to respond to the May 25 election. The people of Ukraine made it clear in a convincing vote that they want independence and a new government not controlled by bribery and corruption that marked the earlier government led by former President Yanukovych.”
Rohrer added that Yanukovych took his orders from Russia and seeded the government with Russian spies and agents. Unfortunately, approximately 40 percent of the current Parliament are known supporters of the pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Many of these members have lawsuits filed against them for their anti-Ukraine involvements.
“The resignation of the Prime Minister is a necessary step to clear the way for the dissolving of the Parliament with new elections to follow shortly thereafter,” Rohrer continued. “It is the hope and prayer that the new elections will restore the Prime Minister to his position and elect a large number of new members to Parliament who share the commitment to laying the new foundation for a righteous government and a new Constitution.”
APN leaders who visited Ukraine this summer were invited by Presiding Bishop Valery Reshetinsky, who also serves as the Chairman of the Ukrainian Interchurch Council that represents 20 different evangelical denominations. Among the summit organizers were Ukrainian elected officials and government staff members, who were involved in writing new laws, enforcing laws or serving in key advisory positions.
Gary Dull of Faith Baptist Church of Altoona, Pa., and Executive Director of thePennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, www.papastors.net), also traveled to Ukraine for the International Leadership Summit, where APN and PPN representatives taught Ukrainian pastors and elected leaders about the principles that made America a great nation. Attending the summit were a group of key government officials, top advisors to the office of Speaker and President, heads of government agencies and departments, and pastors representing thousands of churches in Ukraine.
“Our time in Ukraine was a testament to the leaders’ commitment to establish a righteous government not built on corruption and bribery,” Dull said. “We must pray for the new leaders and the pastors in Ukraine, as they work together to lead their nation to spiritual and civic freedom. Our pastors here look forward to continuing to provide further practical instruction to both elected and pastoral leaders in Ukraine.”