Tesla CEO Musk weighs in as Pope Francis urges Putin to stop Ukraine violence

Tesla CEO Musk weighs in as Pope Francis urges Putin to stop Ukraine violence

Tesla CEO Elon Musk weighed in as Pope Francis appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop the spiral of violence and death in Ukraine.

What Happened: On Sunday, in his address dedicated to Ukraine in St. Peter's Square, the Pope condemned Russia for annexation of parts of Ukraine. He urged Putin to think of his own people as the war escalates with uncontrollable consequences.

This was the first time that the Pope, who has often condemned Putin for his invasion of Ukraine, made a direct appeal to the president. A Vatican City official compared the impassioned somber address to the radio peace appeal by Pope John XXIII in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

In his address, the Pope said he was haunted by the rivers of blood and tears that have been spilled in these months, as he urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to prepare for any serious peace proposal. My appeal goes above all to the president of the Russian Federation, begging him to stop this spiral of violence and death, even out of love for his own people, Francis said.

Pope has also tweeted his appeal to the Russian president, where Musk wrote that there can be no peace if we don't address the instinct of revenge.

Musk, who has often challenged to take on Putin in single combat, said that war always gives ample reason for vengeance for all sides. In his late-night address on Sunday, Zelenskyy said Ukrainian forces successfully liberated the small settlements of Arkhanhelske and Myrolyubivka in the Kherson region.

Read Next: 'Dealing With Hurricane Putin: US lawmakers promise more funding, weapons to Ukraine as Russia Unfolds Annexation Plan