Pope Francis has urged President Vladimir Putin to make a "sincere and great effort" to achieve peace with Ukraine during a visit by the Russian leader to the Vatican.
Putin spent around 50 minutes Wednesday with the spiritual leader of the Catholic church with the meeting devoted mainly to the conflict in Ukraine, according to a statement from the Vatican.
There has been an escalation of violence lately between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukraine military threatening a fragile official ceasefire, called the Minsk agreements.
The Vatican said that Pope Francis urged Putin to "engage in a sincere and great effort to achieve peace," the Holy See said in a statement. "It was agreed on the importance to restore a climate of dialogue and that all parties commit themselves to implement the Minsk agreements."