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Pope Francis compared Russia’s war against Ukraine with Holodomor 1930s.
Speaking to an audience of thousands in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, Francis offered “a special reflection on the terrible suffering of the dear and tormented Ukrainian people”, writes The Wall Street Journal.
“This Saturday (November 26) marks the anniversary of the terrible genocide, the Holodomor, the extermination [людей] famine of 1932-1933, which was artificially caused by Stalin. Let’s pray for the victims of this genocide and pray for all Ukrainians, children, women, the elderly, who today suffer as martyrs from aggression,” said the Pope (quoted from Reuters).
The WSJ writes that Pope Francis has issued the sharpest condemnation to date of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He often expressed regret over the suffering of Ukrainians, but generally avoided direct accusations against Russia and suggested more than once that the West provoked the aggression.
The Ukrainian authorities consider the Holodomor a genocide of the Ukrainian people. The Russian authorities do not agree with this assessment and say that during the famine, in addition to ethnic Ukrainians, representatives of other peoples also died en masse.
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