Italian Cardinal Matteo Juppi, who has been entrusted by Pope Francis with a peacekeeping mission for Ukraine, is in Kyiv, where he will hold talks with Ukrainian officials, the Vatican said in a statement.
“The main objective of this initiative is to listen carefully to the Ukrainian authorities on possible means of achieving a just peace and to support humanitarian gestures that contribute to alleviating tensions,” the statement said.
Pope Francis asked Cardinal Juppi 15 days ago to take over a peacekeeping mission for Ukraine.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the pope had called on Juppi to “help resolve tensions in the conflict in Ukraine, in the hope… that this can pave the way for peace.”
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the Pope and the Vatican have tried to act as mediators for peace, but so far their efforts have not succeeded.