Background on the Ongoing Turmoil in Eastern Ukraine

Photo/map from Wikipedia. Donbass region of eastern Ukraine
Photo/map from Wikipedia. Donbass region of eastern Ukraine
The population of the Ukraine is about 42 million. Of that 42 million, 78 percent are ethnic Ukrainians, and 17 percent are ethnic Russians. About 23 percent of Ukrainians consider Russian to be their main language. Both Russian and Ukrainian are similar East Slavic languages. Likewise, the genetic DNA mix of Russia and Ukraine are similar. Christianity survived Soviet Communism and is growing rapidly. According to a 2018 Razumkov survey, about 72 percent of Ukrainians identify as Christians. Most, 67 percent, identify as Ukrainian or Russian Orthodox.  Orthodox Patriarchates are divided between cultural connections to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and Moscow. About 13 percent are specifically oriented to the Moscow Patriarchate. Most of the Russian ethnic population is located in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine bordering Russia. Several areas in the Donbass region have pro-Russian separatist majorities. These are centered in the cities and regional administrations (oblasts) of Donetsk and Luhansk, which are sometimes referred to as the Donetsk and Luhansk republics.  
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While the situation at America’s southern border is debated as to whether it is truly a crisis or not; and while congress debates the extent of the administration’s infrastructure bill, there is a much more ominous situation developing on the world scene that could impact, indeed, the entire world.

Both Russia and China are flexing their perspective military muscles in different parts of the globe, and the foreign policy implications for the Biden administration are, to say the least, critical.

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Is America at the point of no return? Our forefathers knew that the only way to keep our country prosperous was to honor God, the family, and the church house. Believe it or not, this quote appeared in the New York Times on November 18, 1992. It said, "The less we emphasize the Christian religion the further we fall into the abyss of poor character and chaos in the United States of America." The things that made America great are the influence of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of God that has blessed this country.

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While President Joe Biden's administration doesn't seem to need an excuse to spend money, two recurring arguments for his gigantic $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal are that our roads and bridges are "crumbling" and that modernization would generate economic growth and jobs -- hence its name, the American Jobs Plan. But none of this clever marketing makes any of these claims true.

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Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas raised ire from conservatives for vetoing legislation passed by the Arkansas state legislature that would have banned "gender-affirming" medical treatment for transgender minors.

This includes treatment such as hormone therapy, puberty blockers and surgery associated with gender identity.

The legislature then overrode Hutchinson's veto, making Arkansas the nation's first state to ban these procedures.

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