LDS Church releases statement on missionary safety in Ukraine, Venezuela

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SALT LAKE CITY – Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement Thursday regarding missionaries serving in Ukraine and Venezuela, and 22 missionaries in Ukraine will be ending their missions early.

The statements from the LDS Church are available below:

Ukraine:“Given the evolving situation in Ukraine, 22 missionaries serving in that country will end their missions early and return home over the next few days. This includes missionaries originally scheduled for release in March and April of this year and allows the four missions in Ukraine to better accommodate the missionaries who were moved out of the Crimean Peninsula. Missionaries who have been in missionary training centers preparing to enter Ukraine are being temporarily reassigned to other missions or will remain at the MTCs on a short-term basis (see previous statements issued this week).”

Venezuela: “All missionaries serving in Venezuela are safe. Church leaders are in regular contact with mission presidents and missionaries serving throughout Venezuela and are closely monitoring the situation to ensure their safety and well-being.”