The spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has appealed to the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin to put an end to “spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine.
Pope Francis said he is haunted by “rivers of blood and tears” in an address to Putin on Sunday.
The Pope said “My appeal goes above all to the president of the Russian Federation, begging him to stop this spiral of violence and death, even out of love for his own people,” he said.
Similarly, Pope Francis called on Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to be open to serious peace proposals to halt the ongoing war.
He also lamented the annexation of four Ukrainian regions by Russia’s troops, saying it risked nuclear escalation, hence urging Putin to think of his own people.
Recall that, Putin proclaimed the annexation of four partially occupied Ukrainian regions, calling the residents of Ukraine’s occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions “our citizens forever”.
Ukraine and Western allies condemned the annexation as illegal, and Kyiv said it will continue fighting to recapture all occupied Ukrainian territory.
The war between both countries broke out on September 24, 2022 after Russia accused Ukraine of intention to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)