Pope Francis: “The Third World War broke out for me”

PIn light of the war in Ukraine, Pope Francis called on the world community to break away from the usual pattern of good. “What we are seeing is the brutality and cruelty with which soldiers, usually mercenaries, deployed by Russians, are waging this war,” he told the Jesuit Order’s European cultural magazines.

“But the danger is that we only see what is terrible, and we do not see the whole drama that is going on behind this war, which may have somehow been either provoked or prevented. And I register an interest in testing and selling weapons. It’s very sad, but it’s obviously about that. “

The head of the Catholic Church said that at this point some might argue that he was for Putin. “No, it’s not me.” To say such a thing would be simplistic and incorrect. I am simply against reducing the complexity of distinguishing between good and evil without thinking about the roots and interests, which are very complex, “Francis emphasized.

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What is happening in Ukraine now affects people in Europe more because it is closer to them. But there are other countries where the war is still going and no one cares. He thinks of northern Nigeria, northern Congo, the genocide in Rwanda 25 years ago and Myanmar and Rohingye. “The world is at war. A few years ago, I came up with the idea that we were going through World War III in parts. So the third world war broke out for me today, “said the pope.

“It’s something that should make us think. What happened to humanity that endured three world wars in one century? ”He added. The interview took place in mid-May. Francis himself belongs to the Jesuit order.

He also spoke in a video call with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who had supported Russian President Vladimir Putin from the outset and also legitimized the war. He told Cyril, “Brother, we are not state clergy, we are the shepherds of the people.” Pope Francis’ meeting with the Moscow patriarch in Jerusalem on Tuesday was canceled. Pope Francis has now announced that he hopes to meet Cyril at the September General Assembly in Kazakhstan.

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All developments in live ticker:

12:52 – Macron’s trip to Kiev only one option

According to government spokeswoman Olivia Gregoire, a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Kiev is just one of “several options”. There is no decision, he says in reports that Macron wants to travel to Kiev on Thursday together with Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

12:17 – Lambrecht sends howitzers “soon” to Ukraine

According to the Federal Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht, the training of Ukrainian soldiers at the Panzerhaubitz 2000 in Germany will be completed “soon”. Then the weapons could be delivered to Ukraine, says the SPD politician. When exactly would the howitzers be delivered and how, she did not say in public. According to the current situation, Germany wants to provide Ukraine with seven self-propelled howitzers from the Bundeswehr. In addition, the federal government is preparing a supply of several rocket launchers, which Ukraine urgently needs.

11:20 – Russia launches a missile attack on a weapons hideout in northern Ukraine

Russia claims to have used long-range missiles to attack the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine. Caliber missiles destroyed the weapons and ammunition depot near the town of Pryluky, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenko said in Moscow on Tuesday. The missiles were also fired at Ukrainian troops and weapons depots in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

10:45 – Russian troops in the east continue their advance

According to Ukrainian sources, Russian troops have managed to advance further in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine. Russian assailants have settled in the settlement of Vidrodzhennya, the Ukrainian General Staff announced on Facebook on Tuesday. Previously, there was heavy artillery fire on the nearby city of Bakhmut. Russian troops advanced along European Route 40 towards Bachmut.

9:45 – Russia reports casualties during shelling of the city on the Ukrainian border

Four people were injured in a grenade attack on a Russian city on the border with Ukraine, according to authorities. In addition, some houses in Klinz in the Bryansk region have been damaged, Governor Alexander Bogomaz said through the Telegram short message service. Representatives of Russia’s regions bordering Ukraine have reported several cases of cross-border shelling in recent weeks, allegedly damaging homes and injuring people.

09:35 – The Moscow Stock Exchange suspended trading in francs

The Moscow Stock Exchange suspended trading in Swiss francs. New sanctions against Russia imposed by Switzerland last week have led to difficulties in settling transactions between the Swiss currency and rubles and dollars, the Moscow Stock Exchange said. Russia’s largest stock exchange is looking for a possible solution and hopes to resume trading in Swiss francs in the future.

09:03 – The Russians are making little progress in the Kharkov area

According to the British Ministry of Defense, the Russian invading troops in Ukraine made less progress in the area around the city of Kharkov for the first time in a few weeks. However, Russia’s main offensive efforts are still aimed at the Sierodonet pocket, according to Tuesday’s daily news of the war in Ukraine.

06:25 – Zelensky promises to recapture Crimea

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised his compatriots to reconquer the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia. “The Ukrainian flag will once again fly over Yalta and Sudak, over Jankoy and Yevpatoria,” Zelenskyj said in his evening video message in Kiev on Monday. “Of course we will liberate our Crimea as well.”

Russia occupied the Black Sea Peninsula militarily in 2014, when Ukraine was weakened after the change of power and unable to resist. Then an internationally unrecognized referendum took place and Crimea was annexed to Russia. Zelensky has always advocated a return to the peninsula, but rarely declared it as emphatically as a war goal.

The President called on the citizens of Ukraine to maintain contact with the Russian-occupied parts of the country, Donetsk or the Kharkiv region. These areas will also be liberated again, he said. “Tell them the Ukrainian army is sure to come!” In the east of the Donbas, the army is under pressure. In order to succeed, it urgently needs modern artillery from its foreign partners, Zelenskyj continued.

Selensky had previously called in Chancellor Olaf Scholz for a clearer position in the war in Ukraine. “We need Chancellor Scholz to assure us that Germany will support Ukraine. He and his government must decide, “he said on Monday. No balance should be sought between Ukraine and relations with Russia.

05:01 – Macron travels to Romania and Moldova

French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to neighboring Romania and Moldova in view of the war in Ukraine. According to the Elysee Palace, Macron wanted to leave for Romania early Tuesday morning and then continue to Moldova on Wednesday. Both countries are concerned about the threat posed by Russia’s offensive war against Ukraine. Another topic is the desire of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to join the European Union. At the EU summit on 23 and 24 June, the EU states want to stand for the candidate status of the three countries.

03:39 – Zelenskyy: Battle for Donbass has a very high price

According to President Zelenský, the Battle of Eastern Donbas will be considered one of the most brutal in European history. “The cost of this battle is very high for us. It’s just scary, “says Zelensky in his daily video message. “We draw our partners’ attention to the fact that only a sufficient number of modern artillery units for Ukraine will secure our advantage.” Ukraine needed 1,000 howitzers, 500 tanks and 1,000 drones, as well as other heavy weapons, explains Ukrainian President’s adviser Mykhailo Podoljak.

2:10 – Özdemir expects even higher food prices

Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir (Greens) expects food prices in Germany to continue to rise as a result of the Ukrainian war. “We have to reckon with increases in the autumn and winter, because business now has to supply itself with expensive energy and price increases are passed on to customers,” Özdemir told the Rheinische Post. “Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go.”

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