Ukrainian FM Nikolenko: "It Is very unfortunate that Russian Great-Power ideas... are voiced by the Pope"
Ukrainian media outlet Nv.ua wrote about Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko's reaction: "[Nikolenko] recalled that it is precisely this kind of imperialist propaganda, 'spiritual bonds' and the 'need' to save 'great Mother Russia' that the Kremlin uses to justify the murder of thousands of Ukrainian men and women and the destruction of hundreds of Ukrainian towns and villages. 'It is very unfortunate that Russian great-power ideas, which are in fact the cause of Russia's chronic aggressiveness, are consciously or unconsciously coming from the mouth of the Pope, whose mission, in our understanding, is to open the eyes of Russian young people to the destructive course of the current Russian leadership,' Nikolenko noted."
Pravda.com.ua: Vatican News Removed The Pope's "Particular Passage"
Ukrainian media outlet Pravda.com.ua wrote: "Interestingly, Vatican News, the information portal of the Holy See, has posted the text of the Pope's address on its website, but this particular passage is missing. However, a video of part of the Pope's address containing this quote is available online.
"The Pope's words were immediately criticized also by the Ukrainian media and Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, stated that Pope Francis's statements 'inspire the neo-colonial ambitions of the aggressor country.'"
Head Of The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church: Pope Francis' Statements "Inspire The Neo-Colonial Ambitions Of The Aggressor Country"
Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, stated that Pope Francis's statements "inspire the neo-colonial ambitions of the aggressor country:" "The examples given by the Holy Father actually contradict his teachings on peace, since he has always condemned any form of manifestation of imperialism in the modern world and warned of the dangers of extreme nationalism, stressing that it is the cause of the 'third world war in segments."
Ukrainian Top Manager Dmytro Shymkiv: The Pope "Is A Sort Of An Embodiment Of The Global South"
Ukrainian top manager Dmytro Shymkiv, former deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration in 2014-2018, stated: "[The Pope] is a sort of an embodiment of the Global South, which is fascinated with Russia, this is incomprehensible fact to me... The Global South has always been against empires. Even weirder is their fascination with modern Russia, which epitomizes the lowest of the low, the worst imperialist example."
Radio Host Dmitro Tuzov: Pope Francis Is "Morally Co-Responsible For The Genocide Of Russians Against Ukrainians"
Ukraine's NV Radio host Dmitro Tuzov said that after such words on part of the pontiff, he perceives Pope Francis to be "morally co-responsible for the genocide of Russians against Ukrainians:" "The current Pope Francis is fueling Russian chauvinism and supporting Russian Nazism and Russian propaganda narratives about the 'greatness of Russia' during a time of war and killings of our fellow citizens... This very damn 'greatness' has already led to the most global catastrophe of our time – the war unleashed by Russian Nazis against peaceful Ukraine that threatens no one," Tuzov also added that Pope Francis serving as the head of the Vatican, "inspires Russians to commit new crimes in Ukraine."
Former Minister Of Education: Is The Pope "Uneducated" And "Irresponsible"?
Former Minister of Education of Ukraine and ex-president of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Serhiy Kvit said: "Is the Pope simply uneducated and irresponsible, or the initiator of a radical change in values in the Vatican?"