Pope Francis has called on visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin to take steps to bring peace to war-torn eastern Ukraine.
A Vatican statement released Wednesday after a one-hour meeting said the pontiff stressed there must be a “sincere and great effort” to end the rebellion launched by pro-Russian separatists 14 months ago. Nearly 6,500 people have died in that fighting.
The statement also said the two leaders agreed on the importance of creating an atmosphere of dialogue and that “all parties commit to applying the Minsk [cease-fire] accords” signed in February by the warring sides, under German and French mediation.
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Source: Voice of America