Pope: We must not play with martyrdom of Ukrainians

Pope: We must not play with martyrdom of Ukrainians

Pope Francis called the Ukrainian people a martyred nation and expressed the opinion that arms dealers are interested in continuting the war.

The pontiff spoke with journalists on board his plane returning from Marseille, Ukrinform reports with reference to Vatican News.

"This war, it seems to me, is caused not only by the Russian-Ukrainian problem, but also by the sale of weapons, arms trade," the pontiff said.

In this regard, the Pope noted that today the most profitable investments are those in factories producing weapons.

Read also: Pope prays for peace in Ukraine

At the same time, the pontiff emphasized that the Ukrainian people "have a history full of martyrdom". He recalled that, in particular, during Stalin's time, they suffered a lot.

"This is a martyred nation. But we should not play with the martyrdom of this nation, we should help them solve these problems in the most realistic way possible... Now I see that some country is taking a step back, not giving arms and starting a process, where the Ukrainian people will surely be martyrs. And that's bad!" said the Pope.

As reported, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on September 20 that Warsaw does not send any more weapons to Kyiv because it is in the process of own re-armament.

While citing and using any materials on the Internet, links to the website ukrinform.net not lower than the first paragraph are mandatory. In addition, citing the translated materials of foreign media outlets is possible only if there is a link to the website ukrinform.net and the website of a foreign media outlet. Materials marked as "Advertisement" or with a disclaimer reading "The material has been posted in accordance with Part 3 of Article 9 of the Law of Ukraine "On Advertising" No. 270/96-VR of July 3, 1996 and the Law of Ukraine "On the Media" No. 2849-Х of March 31, 2023 and on the basis of an agreement/invoice.

© 2015-2024 Ukrinform. All rights reserved.

Extended searchHide extended search
By period: