May the Christmas bring the peace to Ukraine, - Pope Francis in Urbi et Orbi
During his Orbi et Urbi address Pope Francis mentioned the war in Ukraine and stressed the importance of international agreements to establish peace in the country.
“May the Christmas bring real peace to Ukraine and the relief to those suffering the consequences of the conflict and inspire the will to complete the agreements in order to restore harmony in the whole country”, said the Pontiff.
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) on December reported at least 7,962 people had been killed and at least 17,811 have been injured since fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine in mid-April 2014. The conflict monitor warned those were conservative estimates and the actual numbers of dead and wounded could be much higher.