Pope Francis condemned the killings in Bucha, Ukraine, on Wednesday, kissing the Ukrainian flag in a show of support for the European country.

Driving the news: Pope Francis spoke out against “the massacre of Bucha” and kissed a Ukrainian flag sent to him from Bucha “where tied bodies shot at close range littered the streets after Russian troops withdrew and bodies poked out of a mass grave at a church,” according to Reuters.

What he said: “Recent news from the war in Ukraine, instead of bringing relief and hope, brought new atrocities, such as the massacre of Bucha,” Francis said, per Reuters.

  • “Stop this war! Let the weapons fall silent! Stop sowing death and destruction,” he said.

Catch up quick: Multiple images and reports of the atrocities in Bucha first surfaced over the weekend.

  • Photos showed civilians dead in the streets of the city, some with their arms tied behind their backs, per Axios.
  • The Russian defense ministry rejected the reports, though.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed that the bodies were staged.
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The bigger picture: The Bucha killings have sparked a global outcry over the last few days.

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