Church leader says Europe must "wake up" to situation in Ukraine
A leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has called on Europe to "wake up" to the situation in his country, warning of a threat of a "civil war."
In an interview following a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Archbishop Svijatoslav Shevchuk said that he told the Catholic pontiff that "things were very difficult" in Ukraine.
"I want to ask Europeans to wake up because what is happening in Ukraine will touch everybody," he was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
"The danger that one of our neighbours will provoke a civil war in Ukraine has not passed," he warned. "This international solidarity, this attention, is of extreme importance for Ukraine." [Reuters]