Russia's Putin Keeps Pope Waiting, the Internet Goes to Town By Katrin Scheib June 11, 2015 [View the story "Russia's Putin Keeps Pope Waiting, the Internet Goes to Town" on Storify] See also: Waiting for Putin Firemen: We Had To Wait For Putin Read more news Pope Francis Urges Putin to Make Peace Effort in Ukraine A stern Pope Francis has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to make a "sincere and great effort" to achieve peace in Ukraine. dwindling support European Military Aid Commitments to Ukraine ‘Dry Up’ After 5 Months of War – Research The decline “does not bode well for Ukraine’s plans for a counteroffensive,” the head of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy said. cutting proceeds U.S. Seeking to Brand Russia a ‘Blood Diamonds’ Exporter Moscow's Finance Ministry dismissed the Western-backed effort to redefine conflict diamonds as “political demagogy.” fatal attack Russia Strikes Kharkiv Ahead of Erdogan, UN Chief Meeting With Zelensky "Kharkiv. 175 days of horror. Daily terror, missile strikes on residential areas and civilians," senior presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak wrote.