Biden assists in sending Ukraine an advanced air defense system, fulfilling one of Zelenskyy's biggest wishes
"Now is no time for complacency," Biden said in announcing the news. He also accused the Russian military of committing "horrific acts of brutality.""As the Russian military repositions for the next phase of this war, I have directed my Administration to continue to spare no effort to identify and provide to the Ukrainian military the advanced weapons capabilities it needs to defend its country," Biden said in a statement released by the White House.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, marking an "Easter of war," on Sunday urged leaders to hear the people's plea for peace in Ukraine and implicitly criticised Russia for dragging the country into a "cruel and senseless" conflict.
Video: Zelensky: Ukrainians will never become ‘slaves’ (The Washington Post)
Speaking to some 50,000 people in St. Peter's Square for his twice yearly "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and world) address, Francis said Ukraine was "sorely tried by the violence and destruction of the cruel and senseless war into which it was dragged".
(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
Pope leads crowds in 1st outdoor Easter Mass since pandemic .
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, making Christianity's most joyous day at a time when the war in Ukraine has weighed heavily on his heart. The pontiff, who has a knee ligament problem, limped badly as he stepped out from the back of St. Peter's Basilica to reach an altar set up on the steps outside, shaded by a canopy against brilliant sunshine.Tens of thousands of people, numbered at 50,000 by the Vatican, many in shirt sleeves, packed the flower-bedecked square and a nearby boulevard to hear his words.