Crimea’s referendum marked by a number of omens
A few interesting coincidences occurred during the Crimea-wide referendum that decided the fate of the peninsula. On March 16, several cities of the peninsula experienced a hurricane winds, dubbed by locals the “Wind of Change”. Chekhov Theatre in Yalta staged a premiere entitled “I’ll be back”, which unwittingly acquired a symbolic meaning.
However, the most striking coincidence is the fact that annexing of the Crimea to the Russian Federation on March 18 happened on the date when the Orthodox Church remembers the relics of patron saint of the Crimean peninsula — Archbishop Luka (Voino-Yasenetsky). On this day, all the churches and monasteries of the Crimean diocese hold prayers before the icon of St. Luka for multiplication of love and peace on the peninsula.