Sister Kathryn Webber while serving in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. (Photo courtesy Kathryn Webber.)
Sister Kathryn Webber (second from left) sits with a family while serving in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Webber was sent home from her mission two weeks early in March because of political protests in Ukraine. (Photo courtesy Kathryn Webber)

The continued political disputes in Ukraine have led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pull 67 missionaries formerly serving int he Ukraine Donetsk Mission and transfer them to their home countries.

There were also 41 missionaries who had anticipated serving in Ukraine that have been reassigned to different missions.

In April, 85 missionaries serving in the Ukraine Donetsk Mission were removed from the dangerous area and transferred to other missions in Ukraine. A month earlier, 22 missionaries were sent home prematurely because of the increased violent protests in Ukraine.

Ukraine is being torn apart by a decision of who to align themselves with: the west favors Europe and the east favoring Russia. This polarization has led to violent protests and political uproar.

An April press release from the LDS Church stated, “The well-being of missionaries is always our first priority, and every effort is being made to keep them safe.”

There are four missions total in Ukraine including the Ukraine Donetsk Mission, Dnepropetrovsk Mission, L’viv Mission or Kiev Mission.

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