Pope Francis' Statement on Ukraine's Flag and Surrender Sparks Outrage

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Pope Francis' recent statement suggesting Ukraine should negotiate with Russia and consider surrendering has caused anger and outrage in Kyiv. Ukraine's Foreign Minister responded by affirming their commitment to their national flag and vowing to never raise any other flags.

Two years into its invasion, vowing 'never' to surrender after the pontiff said Kyiv should 'have the courage to raise the white flag'. The 87-year-old Catholic leader fuelled anger in Kyiv this weekend after he said in an interview that Ukraine should negotiate with Russia , which has seized large swathes of its territory in the offensive. It is not the first statement by Pope Francis during Moscow's invasion that has caused outrage in Ukraine . 'Our flag is a yellow and blue one.

This is the flag by which we live, die, and prevail. We shall never raise any other flags,' Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. He was responding to the Pope's interview to Swiss broadcaster RTS in which the Catholic leader raised the prospect of surrender, two years after Kyiv has battled Russian forces on its territory. 'I believe that the strongest are those who see the situation, think about the people, and have the courage to raise the white flag and negotiate,' Pope Francis said in an interview the Vatican said was conducted in early February

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