Ukraine LIVE: Pope sparks backlash for suggesting Russian invasion was 'provoked'

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Ukraine LIVE: Pope sparks backlash for suggesting Russian invasion was 'provoked'

The head of the Roman Catholic Church first made the remarks in early May and has now repeated them in a long interview with La Civilta Cattolica,

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The head of the Roman Catholic Church first made the remarks in early May and has now repeated them in a long interview with La Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit publication. Pope Francis doubled down on the accusation that NATO could have “provoked” the war but distanced himself from Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said: “Someone may say to me at this point: so you are pro-Putin! No, I am not. It would be simplistic and wrong to say such a thing.” Andrii Andrushkiv, 37, a member of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church who joined the Ukrainian army a week after the invasion, told the Telegraph: “The Pope calls for peace and expresses sorrow for the perished but does not say a word about who has started the war, who is killing Ukrainians, who are raping Ukrainian women and dropping bombs on Ukrainian children.”

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