Pope Francis asked to avoid an escalation after the new Russian attacks against Ukraine

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The Supreme Pontiff said after the audience that he received “with pain and concern” the news of “new Russian missile offensives on kyiv that have caused deaths and damage to civil structures”

Pope Francis called for avoiding an escalation after new Russian attacks on Ukraine

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Pope Francis urged today to avoid an escalation in thewar in Ukraine after the new “and even harsher” missile attacks launched by Russia in the last few hours, during the general audience held in St. Peter.

civil structures”.

“We pray that the Lord converts the hearts of those who still aim for war and that he makes the desire for peace prevail for the martyred Ukraine”, said the pontiff in a new appeal since the war began.

He also asked to pray “to avoid an escalation” of the conflict and “open the way to a ceasefire and dialogue”.

Francis, who offered the mediation of the Vatican to establish a dialogue, he also prayed that the “Lord give the Ukrainians consolation and strength to face this test and give hope for peace.”

And he added that for this: “To the Lord, we can ask: hurry up, sir.”

Russia launched about a hundred missiles on Ukraine on Tuesday, most of them on energy infrastructure and other civilian targets, according to the Ukrainian military command.

Pope Francis asked to avoid an escalation after new Russian attacks on Ukraine

New Russian attacks on kyiv

In these hours, the fall of a missile, or fragments, on Polish territory is also being investigated.

The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg , will chair an “emergency” meeting this Wednesday on the “tragic incident” of the explosion of a missile in Poland near the border with Ukraine that, according to Warsaw, is “manufactured Russian”, but it could be fragments of the missile destroyed by the Ukrainian anti-aircraft.

A NATO plane flying over Polish airspacetracked the missile that exploded in the country on Tuesday and killed two people, according to the CNN, citing an unidentified Alliance military official as sources.

“Intelligence was provided with leads radar (of the missile) to NATO and Poland”, the NATO military official concisely added to the US network.

NATO aircraft have been conducting regular surveillance around Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

The Alliance plane flying over Poland on Tuesday was therefore monitoring what was happening in neighboring Ukraine.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, assured this Wednesday from Bali that it is “unlikely” that the missile that caused an explosion in Poland, near the border, was fired from Russia with Ukraine and which caused two deaths.

Asked by the press about whether the missile was fired by Russia, Biden said: “There is a lot of information that contradicts that. I don't want to say until we fully investigate, but it is unlikely, due to the trajectory, that it was fired from Russia.”

(With information from EFE)

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