Terrorist Attacks: Moscow, ISIS, and Ukraine.

The Moscow Terror Attack

While you have likely heard of the horrific attack that ISIS-K carried out in Moscow, murdering at least 137 people attending a concert, you may not be aware of all the details relating to this event, and how ISIS, Russia, and Ukraine are connected. 

Several weeks ago on March 7, the US Embassy issued a warning that they had uncovered information about a plot to attack a concert or other large venue in Moscow. Putin chose to dismiss the warning; even as Russian police reportedly uncovered an ISIS cell plotting to attack a synagogue in Moscow the same day. 

On March 22, terrorists, reportedly from the central Asian country of Tajikistan (a part of the former Soviet Union) carried out an attack very similar to the plan the US warned of. ISIS quickly claimed responsibility and released footage of the brutal massacre filmed by the terrorists, thus proving their direct involvement. 

Putin, predictably tried to use this event for propaganda purposes and blamed Ukraine despite all the evidence pointing towards Russia being the victim of an Islamic Jihadist attack. The president of Belarus has since refuted Putin’s claims that the terrorists tried to escape to Ukraine, when in fact they had attempted to cross into Belarus.

This situation became even more contradictory when Hamas quickly condemned the attack. You may ask why Hamas, a racial jihadist terror group would condemn ISIS, another radical jihadist terror group. 

ISIS and Russia

Russia’s military has long been deployed in Syria, involved in the Syrian Civil War and protecting the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. In Syria, Russia fights alongside Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, and Hezbollah, one of their most powerful terrorist proxies.

ISIS’s goal in Syria was to create a radical Islamic state in place of Assad’s dictatorship. As a result, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia are all bitter enemies of ISIS with over a decade of fighting against it.

This long held hostility was behind ISIS carrying out attacks that killed nearly 100 people this past January using suicide bombings in Iran.

The death of innocent civilians is always a horrible thing and we mourn with AND PRAY FOR all those who lost loved ones to such attacks by ISIS.

However, it is important to acknowledge that Russia has spent more than a decade working closely with evil Islamic radicals in Iran, Syria, and Lebanon

This alliance between Russia and Iran’s terror network is stronger than ever today, with Russia even inviting Hamas leadership to Moscow days after the October 7th attack on Israel. 

Terrorism in Ukraine

The Russian war against Ukraine is also empowered by this alliance. As Russia ran out of many types of expensive missiles, they have relied more and more on cheap Iranian Shahid drones to constantly terrorize Ukrainian cities. 

While the world saw headlines of the terror in Moscow, often Russian terrorism in Ukraine is not even reported! Here are a few examples you probably have not heard about. 

A few weeks ago, one of our Messianic partners shared a heartbreaking story. He had just attended the funeral for a 4-month-old baby Timofey, and his mother. They were among 12 people killed in this apartment building in Odesa hit by a Russian drone supplied by Iran. 

Rabbi Liberman described the experience: I saw Serhii (the young man who lost his wife and son), his parents, his relatives… they are holding on. Not many words come to mind at this time, but brotherly hugs make you feel that you are not alone in this. In these moments, we only have one prayer. God please support and help! This is all that is left of the building they lived in. These are the results of Russian kamikaze drones!!!

One day before the attack in Moscow, Russia launched the largest attack on Ukrainian infrastructure to date. The Messianic Rabbi in Kharkiv described the situation to us.

We had a very strong rocket attack. During the night, 19 ballistic missiles were launched at the city. The energy system in the city was completely destroyed. There was no public transport for two days, there was no communication and no internet. There was no water supply and heating. Now they are restoring little by little, but the light is provided hourly. Therefore, communication and the internet are periodically absent. But we continue to serve and help all people who are in dire need! Now, thanks to your help, we have everything we need. But we really need prayer!

As of this writing, the city of 1.4 million people is still experiencing rolling blackouts and damage assessments suggest it will take a year to completely repair the damage. 

We continue to stand with the people of Ukraine with practical support and prayer, even as they face the continued terror of the evil alliance. We also need to keep the Jewish people in Russia in prayer during these difficult times. During the early days of the war in Ukraine, we launched our Welcome Home project that assisted refugees who were moving to Israel. In addition to Ukrainian Jewish refugees fleeing the war, we also assisted Russian Jewish people who felt it was time to leave Russia. Many realized the situation would only get more dangerous in Russia.  In fact, the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine (who himself was born in Russia) has repeatedly warned Russian Jews to flee while they had the chance. 

After the war in Gaza began, a plane from Tel Aviv landed in Dagestan, a Muslim majority region of Russia, and the airport was immediately stormed by hundreds of angry Russian Muslims looking for Jews. This event, as well as the thwarted ISIS attack on the Moscow synagogue, the ISIS attack on the concert hall, and ISIS’s recent threats to carry out more attacks show that the choice to leave Russia was indeed wise as it becomes less safe for Jewish people there. 

  • Pray for the people of Ukraine who face terrorism daily
  • Pray for the Jewish people still in Russia for protection and wisdom how to respond to their circumstances
  • Pray that all forces of evil and terrorism (Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, ISIS, etc.) to be restrained and their plots to commit evil would fail

 The wicked make evil plans against good people. They grind their teeth at them in anger. But the Lord laughs at the wicked, because he sees that their day is coming. The wicked draw their swords and bend their bows to kill the poor and helpless, to kill those who are honest. But their swords will stab their own hearts, and their bows will break. Psalm 37:12-15

Reach Initiative International will continue our work to support the people of Ukraine by supporting trusted Messianic and Christian leaders as they serve their communities in the midst of terror and war. We continue to minister to those who have been displaced by terror in Israel. And we continue to share stories of real people that have been impacted by these events so you can be informed, pray, and support. Join us by donating today!

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