White House affirms awareness of the Vatican's peaceful efforts
According to UNN, she was asked if the US or the President knew about the Vatican's efforts to create a peaceful agreement between Ukraine and Russia, to which she responded, "We know. I just don't have any comments on that. And I'll just leave it at that."
Pope Francis has stated that the Vatican is participating in a peacekeeping mission to try to put an end to "the conflict between Russia and Ukraine."
Meanwhile, in Ukraine, a Ukrainian official close to the Office of the President told CNN that they have no knowledge of a peacekeeping mission involving the Vatican to "resolve the conflict with Russia." The official added that "President Zelensky did not agree to such discussions on behalf of Ukraine. If negotiations are taking place, it is without our knowledge or our blessing."
As noted by CNN, the Ukrainian official dismissed any role of the Pope after he told journalists on Sunday that the Vatican is part of a mission to end the war in Ukraine. "The mission is ongoing, but it has not yet been made public. When it becomes public, I will reveal it," the Pope said after a three-day trip to Hungary.