Pope Francis has called for a truce in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and for the sides to start meaningful talks. Delegations from both governments have already held several discussions – both in person and online – since Moscow attacked in February.
However, they have been unable to find an agreement.
“Put the weapons down! Let an Easter truce start,” the pope said during his Palm Sunday Mass in the Vatican.
“But not to rearm and resume combat, but a truce to reach peace through real negotiations open to some sacrifices for the good of the people.”
Without naming the Russia-Ukraine conflict directly, Francis said: “In fact, what a victory would that be [for someone] who plants a flag under a pile of rubble?”