More than a month has passed since the invasion of Ukraine, “since the beginning of this cruel and irrational war, which, like any war, is a defeat for all,” he told thousands of people who gathered Sunday in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. .
“We must declare war, a place of death, where fathers and mothers bury their children, where men kill their brothers without even seeing them, where the strong decide and the poor die,” he said. The war in Ukraine is destroying the country's future, he said, citing a statistic that half of the children had to leave the country. “This is the beast of war, something that is barbaric and sacrilegious,” he said, urging people not to view war as inevitable or something they should get used to.
“If we come out of this (war) as we were before, we will all be guilty in some way. “Faced with the danger of self-destruction, humanity must understand that the time has come to end war, to cancel it from human history before (war) cancels man from history,” he said.
< The Pope called on every politician to think about this, to commit and, looking at the martyrdom of Ukraine, to understand that every day of war worsens the situation for everyone. "Let the guns go silent. "Negotiate peace seriously," he said.
Ukraine made a new effort Sunday to reach an agreement to evacuate civilians from the bombed port of Mariupol by car or bus.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he would speak with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the next two days to organize the evacuation of civilians from Mariupol. The French leader told France 3 television that his goal was to achieve a ceasefire first and then the complete withdrawal of Russian troops by diplomatic means.