Volodymyr Zelensky during an audience with Pope Francis invited the pontiff to Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the President’s Office.
Zelensky noted that people expect to see Pope in Ukraine.
“I invited him to Ukraine. I’m sure that he will visit Ukraine - not only the capital. I said that in order to fully understand what is happening in our east, we need to go to the east,” summed up Volodymyr Zelensky.
The President also noted the important role that the Holy See could play in bringing peace to Ukrainian soil.
"The main thing we talked about is peace. He even called me the "president of peace" - this is my image in Europe now," Zelensky said after the audience.
Earlier Zelensky turned to Pope Francis with a request to help with the release of Ukrainians who were captured in the Donbas, in the Crimea and Russia. Zelensky's Twitter page stated this information in a message.
"The Pope is doing everything possible to achieve peace and harmony throughout the world. 2 months after the Normandy in Paris, I asked for help with the release of Ukrainians captured in the Donbas, the Crimea and Russia. Inspired by our conversation about peace in Ukraine," - the president wrote.