Wives of Azov fighters appeal to pope to help get husbands out

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By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The wives of two of the last remaining Ukrainian fighters holed up in Mariupol’s steelworks asked Pope Francis on Wednesday to help get soldiers to a third country because “Russian captivity is not an option”. Kateryna Prokopenko, 27, and Yuliya Fedosiuk, 29, spoke to the pope for about five minutes at the end of his general audience in St. Peter’s Square, also asking him to intervene directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin to “let them go”. Mariupol, a port on the Sea of Azov, has endured the most destructive fighting of the war in Ukraine. K…

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