Pope Francis said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told him when they met in late April that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to end the invasion of Ukraine on May 9 — Russia's Victory Day, APA reports citing CNN.
The Pope made the comments to the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera in an interview published Tuesday.
"Orban, when I met him, he told me that the Russians have a plan, that everything will be over on May 9th," Pope Francis said.
"This would also explain the speed of the escalation of these days. Because now it's not just the Donbas, it's Crimea, it's Odesa, it's taking away the Black Sea port from Ukraine, it's everything."
There is not enough will for peace," the Pope said. "I am pessimistic, but we must make every possible gesture to stop the war."
The Pope said he will not travel to Kyiv for now, instead sending a representative.