Pope Francis and the President of the European Commission are committed to the Ukrainians and to restoring peace to Europe. Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to justify the war in Ukraine by comparing himself to a well-known Russian king of the 17th and 18th centuries. Russia remains focused on the battle in eastern Ukraine, while Ukrainian forces advance into the south of the country claiming territory. A British intelligence report has warned of the danger of cholera in Mariupol, a city in southern Ukraine that has come under full Russian rule. Two British fighters and a Moroccan fighter, who were fighting with Ukrainian forces, were sentenced to death Thursday for alleged crimes in the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.