Pope said that Ukraine should have the courage of the white flag

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When Pope Francis stated that Ukraine should have the “courage of the white flag” and engage in negotiations with Russia to end the conflict, it incited outrage.

Francis was questioned about whether he believed that talks would “legitimize the stronger party” in an interview with the Swiss broadcaster Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) that was released on Saturday. “.

That’s one way of looking at it, he said. However, in my opinion, the person who recognizes the circumstances, considers the people, and possesses the bravery to engage in negotiation is the stronger party. And now, with the assistance of international powers, negotiations are feasible,” the pope continued. “.

Kyiv, which has seen tens of thousands of deaths and is attempting to retake all of the territory that Russia has taken, responded to the remarks with promptness.

Yellow and blue make up our flag. Our lives, deaths, and victories are all determined by this flag. In a social media post on Sunday, Dmytro Kuleba, the foreign minister of Ukraine, stated, “We will never raise any other flags.”.

Instead of trying to level the playing field and call it “negotiations,” he declared, “the strongest is the one who, in the battle between good and evil, stands on the side of good.”.

Flags representing Ukraine are waved by people at St. Peter’s sq\. on Sunday as Pope Francis speaks to the assembly. AFP/Getty Images/Alberto Pizzoli.

His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the father and head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, told a group of Ukrainians in New York on Saturday that although Ukraine is hurt, it is still unconquered and that no one is considering giving in.

Father Sviatoslav remarked, “I want to tell you one thing from the people of Ukraine,” as per a Greek Catholic Church statement. “Believe me, even in the areas where fighting is still going on today, no one even considers surrendering. Ukraine is tired, but it is standing and will stand,” he declared.

Later on Saturday, Matteo Bruni, Director of the Holy See Press Office, explained to reporters what the pope had said, clarifying that he had not given up, as some had speculated, but rather that he had “picked up the image of the white flag, proposed by the interviewer, to indicate a cessation of hostilities, a truce reached with the courage of negotiation.”.

The remarks made by Francis were denounced by other European leaders as well.

Poland’s Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski wrote on X on Sunday, “How about, for balance, encouraging Putin to have the courage to withdraw his army from Ukraine?”. “Without the need for talks, peace would come about right away. “.

“My Sunday morning take: One must fight and defeat evil, so that the evil raises the white flag and capitulates. One must not capitulate in [the] face of evil,” stated President Edgars Rinkđvičs of Latvia in a post on X.

Leading the European Union delegation to the Holy See, Alexandra Valkenburg, stated on Sunday on X that Russia “can end this war immediately” by respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. She added that “Russia started an illegal and unjustified war against Ukraine two years ago.”.

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