ROME — Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has urged the Vatican not to put Ukraine and Russia on the same level, as if the two share responsibility for the war.
The Holy See “must not say that if they help something, they must also be neutral so as not to frighten the Russians. We don’t accept that,” the minister said at a press conference on Saturday.
“Let us remember that Russia is the aggressor and Ukraine the victim,” he continued. “We cannot be placed on the same level, otherwise the wrong message will be created, as if both are responsible for the war.”
Kuleba also said the Vatican should stop insisting on the idea of brotherhood. “We are not brothers; it is the story of Cain and Abel. They violated all the laws of God in our territory.
The minister also had strong words for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his remarks feigning a desire for peace.
“If you want peace, don’t send missiles every week to destroy our infrastructure; do not continue to send soldiers to capture our cities; do not annex territories that belong to others,” he said.
For his part, Pope Francis insisted that in the war in Ukraine, there are no “good guys” and “bad guys”, which is a fairy tale.
To understand the Russian-Ukrainian war, “you have to get out of the normal “Little Red Riding Hood” scheme: Little Red Riding Hood was good and the wolf was the bad guy. Here, there are no metaphysical good guys and bad guys, in the abstract,” the pontiff told the Jesuit newspaper. La Civilta Cattolica May 19.