“Unpacking the Vatican’s Diplomatic Failure in Reaching a Ceasefire in the Russia-Ukraine War”, Nona Mikhelidze (IAI, Italy)

The Vatican’s diplomatic attempts at achieving an immediate ceasefire in the Russian war against Ukraine have failed from the very outset. Ever since the start of the Russian invasion, Pope Francis has ardently sought to mediate between the two states, directing his attention primarily towards pressing humanitarian issues, including the facilitation of prisoner exchanges. More recently, the Pope has voiced his readiness to lend support to Ukrainian authorities in their endeavours to repatriate thousands of children deported by the Russians from Ukraine – a crime that led the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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