Sun 07 August 2022:
Leaders from all around the world applauded the agreement reached between Russia and Ukraine to allow the passage of ships carrying food grains in the midst of the crisis.
Pope Francis praised the ships’ withdrawal from the Black Sea ports and added that it could be a “breakthrough” for communication that ultimately leads to a lasting solution.
Although the pope has made an effort to engage the two nations in dialogue, the ongoing invasion does not appear to have any hope of ending anytime soon.
“This step shows that it is possible to conduct dialogue to reach concrete results, which help everyone,” Pope Francis said at his weekly address in St. Peter’s Square according to Reuters.
“This event presents itself as a sign of hope and my own heartfelt wish is that following this path, it will be possible to bring an end to the fighting and reach a just and lasting peace,” he said.
Following concerns about a global famine, the deal was signed by both Russia and Ukraine under the watchful eye of a Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) in Istanbul.
The Pope had already denounced the food crisis brought on by the conflict and even urged nations to refrain from using food as a “weapon.”
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