Pope Francis says Ukraine is being ‘martyred’ as he condemns Russia’s ‘monstrosity’ in war

 Pope Francis says Ukraine is being

Pope Francis has said Ukraine is being “martyred” as he castigates Russia’s “monstrosity” in the ongoing war.

Speaking at the end of his general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Francis revealed that his charity leader who brings aid to Ukraine had to run and take cover after being shot at. last week.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, who is Polish, was forced to dodge bullets on his fourth humanitarian and pastoral mission to Ukraine, sending supplies along with a Catholic bishop, a Protestant bishop and a Ukrainian soldier.

The pope said he spoke yesterday with Krajewski, who had visited Ukrainian mass graves outside Izium in northeastern Ukraine.

Francis said today: “He (Krajewski) told me about the pain of these people, the savage acts, the monstrosity, the tortured bodies that they find.

“Let us unite with this noble and martyred people.

Ukrainian officials said they found hundreds of bodies, some with their hands tied behind their backs, buried in territory recaptured from Russian forces, in what President Volodymyr Zelensky called evidence of war crimes.

Russia has consistently denied that its troops have committed war crimes since its troops invaded Ukraine in February.

On Monday, the Kremlin dismissed allegations of such abuses in the Kharkiv region, where Izium is located, as a “lie”.

Of the 111 civilian bodies exhumed on Wednesday, four showed signs of torture, Serhiy Bolvinov, head of the investigative police in the Kharkiv region, told Reuters at the cemetery.

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