Pope begs Putin to finish ‘spiral of violence and loss of life’, cites nuclear risk By Reuters

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By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -Pope Francis made an impassioned enchantment on Sunday to Russian President Vladimir Putin to cease “this spiral of violence and loss of life” in Ukraine, saying the disaster there was risking a nuclear escalation with uncontrollable world penalties.

In an deal with devoted to Ukraine and made to 1000’s of individuals in St. Peter’s Sq., Francis additionally appealed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to be open to any “critical peace proposal”.

Francis stated he was making an pressing enchantment “within the title of God” for an finish to the battle and stated it was “absurd” that the world was risking a nuclear battle.

Talking two days after Putin proclaimed the annexation of practically a fifth of Ukraine and positioned the areas below Russia’s nuclear umbrella, Francis additionally defended all nations’ proper to “sovereign and territorial integrity”.

“My enchantment goes above all to the president of the Russian Federation, begging him to cease this spiral of violence and loss of life, even out of affection for his personal folks,” Francis stated.

“On the opposite facet, pained by the big struggling of the Ukrainian inhabitants following the aggression it suffered, I deal with an equally hopeful enchantment to the president of Ukraine to be open to a critical peace proposal,” he stated.

Kyiv and its Western allies have condemned Putin’s annexations as unlawful, and Zelenskiy has stated his forces will proceed their combat to recapture all Ukrainian territory occupied by Russian forces.

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