Pope Francis appeared to suggest that non-Christian members of the Russian Armed Forces showed more cruelty than soldiers “of the Russian tradition.” ANSA via ZUMA Press / TASS  

CNN: Pope Francis calls Chechens and Buryats ‘the cruelest’ Russian troops fighting in Ukraine 

Pope Francis has described two of Russia’s ethnic minority groups, the Chechens and Buryats, as some of the “cruelest” troops fighting in Ukraine. 

The pontiff was speaking in an interview with a Jesuit magazine, America, which was published on Monday but took place on November 22, according to the outlet. 

“The cruelest are perhaps those who are of Russia but are not of the Russian tradition, such as the Chechens, the Buryats and so on,” he said. 

“I speak of a people who are martyred. If you have a martyred people, you have someone who martyrs them.”  

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WNU Editor: Pope Francis is referring to two of Russia’s ethnic minority groups, the Chechens and Buryats. 

The Chechen leader has responded …. Chechen Leader Says Pope ‘Fell Victim to Propaganda’ (Moscow Times/AFP). 

Pope Francis Labels Russia’s Minority Ethnic Soldiers As Some Of The ‘Cruelest’ Troops Fighting In Ukraine  

Ukraine war: Russia hits out as Pope labels minority ethnic soldiers ‘cruel’ — BBC

‘Racist’ interview with Pope Francis causes fury in Russia — The Guardian

Russian Officials Slam Pope for Singling Out ‘Cruelest’ Minorities on Ukraine Frontlines — Moscow Times

Moscow Blasts Pope Over ‘Cruel’ Russian Minorities Jab — AFP