The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry condemned the Vatican for the participation of a Russian teenager in the procession
President of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) Ukraine Oleg Nikolenko critical Vatican due to the participation of a teenager from Russia in the procession to the Colosseum on Good Friday. He shared his opinion on Facebook. (a banned social network in Russia; owned by Meta, which is recognized as extremist in the Russian Federation and banned).
It is noteworthy that the ceremony was attended by young men from Russia and Ukraine, who carried the holy crucifix on the 10th stage of the path, which symbolizes the ascent Jesus at Golgotha.
According to the Ukrainian diplomat, Kyiv disappointed that the Holy See did not take into account the arguments of the Ukrainian side on the offensive nature of this gesture. Nikolenko explained that this decision is an attempt at assimilation “to equate the victim and the aggressor”.