Pope Francis claims the Hungarian prime minister told him Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine will end next week as the former KGB officer aims to end fighting on Russia’s Victory Day
According to reports, Pope Francis has been told that Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine could end as early as next week.
The religious leader was in a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who told him the Russians had a “precise plan” to end the bloody war on May 9.
It comes after Ukrainian forces faced months of brutality from the Kremlin, which reportedly expected its invasion to be successful before long.
But the pope admitted he was skeptical the war would end, telling Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: “I have a bad feeling about all this. I am very pessimistic.”
The mad Russian president has previously snubbed Pope Francis, who offered to travel to Moscow to discuss how the war could end just three weeks into the conflict.
But the unpredictable Putin didn’t react and pushed the military campaign anyway.
The date Orban gave the Pope for the end of the war is known in Russia as Victory Day as it celebrates the day Nazi Germany was defeated in World War II.
It’s a key date in the military calendar, and celebrations have already begun, with Putin’s gold-medal-winning “lover” even making a rare public appearance at a patriotic gymnastics-ballet festival sporting the warmongering “Z” symbol.
Pope Francis said he was “certainly hoping” the end date was correct, adding “that it would explain the speed of military operations in recent days.”
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He also reiterated his desire to meet Putin, claiming: “I have to go to Moscow, I want to meet Putin first of all.
“But in the end I’m just a priest, what can I achieve? i will do what i can How can you not try to do whatever it takes to stop the atrocities?
“Twenty-five years ago we saw something similar in Rwanda.”