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Last war in Russia: Zelenskyy says Vladimir Putin’s troops are ‘slowly withdrawing’ but are dismantling houses and BODIES

Pope Francis implicitly criticizes Putin for the first time because of Ukraine

Pope Francis came the closest he has ever come to implicitly criticizing President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying on Saturday a “potentate” is fueling conflict for nationalist interests.

“From the east of Europe, from the land of the dawn, the dark shadows of war have now spread. We thought that invasions of other countries, rampant street fighting and nuclear threats were grim reminders of a distant past,” the pope said in an address to Maltese officials after arriving in the Mediterranean island nation for a two-day visit.

“But the icy winds of war, which bring only death, destruction and hatred, have swept mightily over the lives of many people and have affected us all,” he said.

“Once again, a potentate sadly mired in anachronistic claims of nationalist interests provokes and fuels conflict, while ordinary people feel the need to build a future that will either be shared or not at all,” he said.

The Pope has already strongly condemned what he calls “unjustified aggression” and denounced “atrocities” in the war.

But he has only referred directly to Russia in prayer, for example during a special global event for peace on March 25.

“Now, in the night of war that descends upon humanity, let us not let the dream of peace fade!” he said yesterday.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18097128/russia-ukraine-news-war-uk-putin/ Last war in Russia: Zelenskyy says Vladimir Putin’s troops are ‘slowly withdrawing’ but are dismantling houses and BODIES

Bobby Allyn

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