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Pope calls for end to violence in Ukraine

'Both sides should seek peace' says Francis at general audience

19 February, 11:34
Pope calls for end to violence in Ukraine (ANSA) - Vatican City, February 19 - Pope Francis on Wednesday called for an end to bloodshed in Ukraine, which led to some 25 deaths in Kiev street protests Tuesday. "With a worried soul, I'm following what's going on in Kiev," said Francis at a general audience in St Peter's Square. "I express my closeness to the Ukrainian people, and I pray for the victims, their families and the wounded. "I ask all parties to cease all violent acts and to find a peace agreement for the country". Violence in Ukraine has reached a new peak after three months of protests, sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych opting to forgo a free-trade agreement with the European Union in favor of money from and closer ties with Russia.