Pope Francis has called on Russia to stop incessant killings and violence while making a statement on Sunday.
While giving his speech, he said:
“My appeal is addressed first and foremost to the President of the Russian Federation, imploring him to stop this spiral of violence and death, also for the sake of his own people.”
Pope Francis also appealed to the Ukrainian President, Zelenskyy, saying:
“I appeal to the Ukrainian President to be open to serious proposals for peace. I urge all the protagonists of international life and the political leaders of nations to do everything possible to bring an end to the war.”
“I deeply deplore the grave situation that has arisen in recent days, with further actions contrary to the principles of international law. It increases the risk of nuclear escalation, giving rise to fears of uncontrollable and catastrophic consequences worldwide.”
“it is “disturbing” that some parts of Ukraine become “places of indescribable suffering and fear
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday announced the annexation of four Ukrainian regions.
On Sept. 23 – 27, the Ukrainian separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and Russian-controlled parts of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson held referendums on joining Russia.
Videos were showing the governors of these areas standing with Putin to declare their loyalty, while he signed some documents and gave his statement.
The referendums have been condemned by the international community, with European nations and the US calling them a “sham” and saying that they will not be recognized.