Crimean priests of the UOC-MP bless Russian occupiers for "military feats"

16 February, 08:32
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On February 15, as part of the exercises that the Russian Black Sea Fleet is conducting in the occupied Crimea, "assistant to the head of the Department for labor with faithful servicemen", a cleric of the Sevastopol Deanery of the UOC-MP, Archpriest Vasyl Gumarov, visited the training grounds created by the invaders, where he held meetings with the military personnel of the aggressor state, congratulated them on the Feast of Candlemas and held prayers for "increasing love between the Fraternal Ukrainian and Russian peoples".

This is reported by "Unfree Crimea" with reference to the website Sevastopol Deanery of the UOC-MP.

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On the eve, the "Assistant Commander of the Crimean naval base for work with faithful servicemen", cleric of the Sevastopol Deanery of the UOC-MP archpriest Sergey Polivtsev celebrated the prayer service for the crews of warships of the invaders, according to the rite of "Blessing a water vessel of arms that is sent to the enemies, one or many, and blessing the soldiers who have to sail in them."

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Prayers were held in two brigades in front of the icon of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called, which was recently presented by the commander of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation to the base, which has a fragment of the Saint's relics. The servicemen venerated the icon of the saint, whom the Navy of the aggressor state has as its patron saint. The priest sprinkled holy water on the sailors and blessed all the warships that were preparing to go to sea with the icon.

In prayers for the Russian soldiers during the prayer service, strong calls were made asking God to keep the occupation military contingent "inviolable and unharmed from any dashing circumstance, illness, hunger, drowning and any fear", to grant "strength, power, courage and victory to any enemy", and "to all our enemies who look at these ships, audacity for fear, strength for weakening, courage to turn into cowardice and make them flee".