Vatican City: ‘A few years ago, it occurred to me to say that we were living a Third World War in pieces. Now, for me, the Third World War has been declared,’ said Catholic Church Head, Pope Francis. He claimed this during an interview regarding the Ukraine conflict. We are concerned only about the Ukraine conflict. Not only in Ukraine, but such battles are also happening in Nigeria and Myanmar, which nobody seems to care about. The world is at war. This is something that should give us pause for thought.
A few weeks ago, Pope Francis had interviewed with a news agency, which was recently published by an Italian newspaper. Following that, media across the world upheld and quoted statements of Pope Francis from the interview. Earlier, Pope had also sternly stated that Russia invaded Ukraine due to provocation by NATO. Hence, some people have criticised him for siding with Russian President Putin, who invaded Ukraine. However, Pope Francis denied those allegations and said he has not sided with President Putin.
‘We need to find out the root of the problem and try to solve it, not just focus on the brutality and ferocity of the Russian military in Ukraine,’ said Pope Francis. Moreover, the danger is that we only see this, which is monstrous, and miss the whole drama that is unfolding behind this war, which was perhaps somehow either provoked or not prevented. I also note the interest in testing and selling weapons. It is unfortunate, but at the end of the day, that is what is at stake. The people of Ukraine are resisting with great courage. However, Pope Francis added that the situation in Ukraine is being pushed due to the vested interests of someone outside Ukraine.
The general public is falling victim to global war, vested interests, arms sales and geopolitical ambitions, lamented Pope Francis.
Pope Francis said in an interview that he had met with the wise heads of state of Ukraine before the conflict started and expressed serious concerns. NATO is coming to Russia’s doorstep and shouting, but the Russians will not accept foreign intervention in their territory, something NATO is not ready to take into account. The head of state had warned that the situation could lead to skirmish. Then, on February 24, the conflict began in Ukraine. Pope Francis pointed out that the head of state had already recognised the danger.’
Russia had hoped that the conflict in Ukraine would end within a week but failed to understand its consequences, Pope Francis said.