Pope Francis urges ceasefire and negotiations in Ukraine war

Pope Francis

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the war in Ukraine is “absurd and cruel” and called for ceasefire and negotiations, two days before the first anniversary of the February 24 Russian invasion.

During his weekly general audience, Francis called it a “sad anniversary” and said he was “close to the martyred Ukrainian people.”

The pope added that “real victory” in Ukraine “cannot be built on ruins.”