Easter truce in Ukraine called for — Analysis

Pope Francis called for an end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as well as for meaningful negotiations. Although the Russian and Ukrainian delegations met online several times to explore ways of ending their conflict, they could not agree to a deal.

“Put the weapons down! Let an Easter truce start,”The Pope spoke during the Palm Sunday Mass at 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.”

Francis stated: “In fact, what a victory would that be [for someone] who plants a flag under a pile of rubble?”

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This week the pope condemned the “massacre in Bucha.”Ukraine and other Western nations accused Russian soldiers of murdering civilians near Kiev. Moscow, however, claims that the mass graves of bodies and corpses found in this area were not caused by its soldiers.

Moscow attacked Ukraine following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol, which was negotiated by France and Germany, was intended to regulate the state of regions in the Ukrainian country.

Russia wants Ukraine to declare that it is a neutral state and will not be joining the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev denies that Russia launched the Russian military offensive and denied any claims of a plan to seize the two republics.

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