- Associated Press - Friday, April 11, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is transferring 85 missionaries to different parts of Ukraine due to civil unrest there.

The church said Friday that the missionaries are being moved from the Donetsk area to other regions in Ukraine.

Last month, the church ended missions early for 22 men and women serving in Ukraine so they could return to the United States.

The Salt Lake City-based church has several hundred missionaries and some 11,000 members in Ukraine. Worldwide, the church has about 15 million members and 84,600 missionaries.

Ukraine isn’t the only country where the LDS church has to take action to protect missionaries. The church pulled 152 missionaries out of Venezuela in March because of unrest in the country.

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