In Peru, shamans see end of Russia-Ukraine war in 2023

Ukrainian soldiers walk under a communications tower that fell from a strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, during intense shelling in Yampil, Ukraine, December 28, 2022. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

LIMA, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Peace between Russia and Ukraine is on the horizon in the new year - or so predicted a group of shaman and healers in Peru's capital Lima on Wednesday.

Atop a hilltop, the shamans, donning traditional Andean attire, welcomed the coming year in a purification ceremony incorporating flowers, incense, a snake, and photos of the Ukrainian and Russian presidents.

"All this will calm down. Peace, tranquility will come. That's what we've seen," said shaman Cleofe Sedano, predicting a peace treaty would be signed by August.

The ceremony, performed every year in late December, comes ten months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine that has left tens of thousands dead. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been vigorously promoting a 10-point peace plan.

Issuing their omens after hovering over a sheet of flowers and coca leaves, with skulls on the ground, the shamans also predicted natural disasters.

"Next year there will be an earthquake, but not in the capital of Peru, in another place, mostly abroad in the northern part of America, which could be the United States... there will be a lot of tragedy, mostly climatic," said shaman Walter Alarcon.

Reporting by Alfredo Galarza and Anthony Marina; Writing by Marco Aquino; Editing by Brendan O'Boyle and Rosalba O'Brien

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