Ukraine counters Pope’s call for raising “white flag”

“Our flag is yellow and blue. This is the flag for which we live, we will die, and we will triumph. We will never raise other flags,” replied the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmitro Kuleba.

The Embassy of Ukraine to the Holy See responded this Sunday to the Pope that during the Second World War, no one spoke “of peace negotiations with Hitler,” after the pontiff stated in an interview that Ukraine should have “the courage of the white flag” and “negotiate.”

“It is very important to be consistent! When we talk about the Third World War, which we have now, we must learn the lessons from the Second World War,” wrote the diplomatic mission on its social media.

“Did anyone seriously talk then about peace negotiations with Hitler and the white flag to appease him? So the lesson is only one: if we want to end the war, we have to do everything possible to kill the dragon!” the diplomatic message concludes.

Pope Francis advocated for “negotiation,” which is a “brave word,” to achieve the end of the conflict, in an interview with Swiss Radio Television, some excerpts of which were published last Saturday.

“I believe that the one who sees the situation, who thinks about the people, who has the courage of the white flag, of negotiating, is stronger. And today, negotiation can take place with the help of international powers. The word ‘negotiate’ is a brave word,” said the pontiff.

When you see that you are defeated, that things are not going well, you must have the courage to negotiate,” added the pontiff during the interview, which will be broadcast in full on March 20.

“Our flag is yellow and blue. This is the flag for which we live, we will die, and we will triumph. We will never raise other flags,” replied the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmitro Kuleba, in a message on the X social network.

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