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Orthodox priest ‘blesses’ troops at Perevalne base standoff [photo]

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The striking photo of a Russian Orthodox priest and his entourage at the Perevalne military base standoff in Crimea had many observers seeing red this morning.

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But a reporter on scene who tweeted the photo notes that the priest explained he wasn’t favoring the Russian troops over the Ukrainians:

The Orthodox priest was there as well. His aim, he told me, was not to bless the Russian forces above the Ukrainians, but to bless them both and pray for peace. That’s something many people in the Ukraine will be doing today.

She’s right about that.