The Holy See has said that Zuppi, who has been assigned a “peace mission” by Francis to try to end Russia’s war against Ukraine, will be in Kyiv on June 5 and 6.
The Vatican does not provide details of the visit.
Ukraine has not officially confirmed the arrival of the Italian cardinal.
- On April 30, Pope Francis said that The Vatican has created a peacekeeping mission to stop Russia’s war against Ukraine, but this mission is not yet public.
- May 13 President Vladimir Zelensky arrived from working visit to Italy and the Vatican, where he was received by Pope Francis.
- On May 18, the blog Il Sismografo, citing sources, reported that Cardinal of Bologna Matteo Zuppi should be sent to Kyiv for negotiations with Zelensky, and to Moscow for negotiations with the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, head of the Department of the Eastern Churches of the Vatican, is due to leave.
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