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Local church praying for crisis in Ukraine

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The crisis situation in Ukraine is impacting people all over the world, including many right here in Michiana.

Pastor Leonard Korchinski of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Mishawaka says while he doesn't have contact with relatives in the Ukraine, many of his parishioners do.

"We had prayers for them for the last two Sundays because they have relatives there, and they're very close to their relatives," says Korchinski.

Korchinski says his parishioners are worried because they don't know what is going to happen.

"I guess it's not surprising that this conflict has emerged." Notre Dame Political Science Chair Professor Michael Desch is talking about the tug of war between the Ukraine and Russia over the Crimean region, an area that once belonged to the Russian Federation and an area that still hosts one of Russia's most important naval bases.

Desch sees the unrest as a continuation of the breakup of the Soviet Union that began in 1991. He thinks the future holds a split for Ukraine. "I think there's a high probability that the Crimean Peninsula could be detached from the Ukraine and become part of the Russian Federation," says Desch. And in exchange, Desch says, western Ukraine could chart a more independent course. It may not be a "happy ending," but Desch believes a war could be adverted.

That is exactly what Korchinski's parishioners are praying for. "They hope there's no bloodshed," he says.

 

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