Local reaction to Ukraine & Russia conflict

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The president is talking tough about the vote over the weekend for part of Ukraine to break away from that country.

But in Connecticut, that doesn’t necessarily mean the two ethnic groups aren’t getting along.

As the conflict between Ukraine and Russia continues to escalate, it can be hard to imagine what a peaceful outcome would like.

But as some wonder there is one community at All Saints Orthodox Church in Hartford that can serve as a sign of hope as they show the two sides have more in common than one might think.

All Saints Orthodox Church
Early Monday afternoon Father James Parnell could be found praying in a special afternoon service in honor of Ireland’s patron saint.

And at this Church there is a lot of pray for given events unfolding oversees in Eastern Europe.

“We pray for everyone,” said Parnell.

For this parish watching what’s happening there can be particularly painful. Here Crimeans, Russians, and Ukrainians worship together as one faith community.

It’s important to note when it comes to war and conflict you’ll be hard pressed to find a Priest with more experience than Father James.

He is a veteran of the War in Iraq and is currently a member of the Connecticut National Guard.

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