For the First Time, the Vatican Calls Russia the Aggressor in the Ukraine War

From a New York Times story by Elisabetta Povoledo headlined “The Vatican, for the first time, calls Russia the aggressor in the war”:

The Vatican on Tuesday for the first time said that Russia was the aggressor in the Ukraine war, condemning Moscow’s invasion in strong terms after earlier comments by Pope Francis prompted criticism from Kyiv.

“As for the large-scale war in Ukraine, initiated by the Russian Federation, the interventions of the Holy Father Pope Francis are clear and unequivocal in condemning it as morally unjust, unacceptable, barbaric, senseless, repugnant and sacrilegious,” the Vatican said.