Pope Francis, during his weekly Angelus address, prayed for peace in Ukraine and pleaded the nations to maintain peace. His prayer came in the context of ongoing cease-fire violations in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives since early last year.
“I renew my appeal that the commitments undertaken to bring about peace may be respected, and with the help of organizations and persons of good will, they might respond to the humanitarian emergency of the country” the Pope said.
The street protests, which started in November 2013, intensified the next year. President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown. It also led to the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia.
A few months ago, Pope Francis held a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin at Vatican, addressing the conflict in eastern Ukraine, in which both the leaders discussed the necessity to build dialogue, and the ongoing humanitarian situation..