Pope Francis on Wednesday met the wives of two Ukrainian soldiers holed up inside Mariupol's besieged Azovstal steel plant.
The two women, Yulia Fedosiuk and Kateryna Prokopenko, confirmed the meeting with the Pope at the Vatican to CNN.
The two said their husbands are soldiers of the Azov regiment and are currently inside the steel plant defending it against Russian attacks.
They said they had written to the Pope in recent days through the Ukrainian ambassador in Rome and were surprised when they received an invitation for the Pope's weekly general audience.
“We told the Pope about our husbands, about the injured soldiers, the dead that cannot be buried. We asked him for help, to be a third party in this war, and help us to guarantee a humanitarian corridor,” Fedosiuk said.
She said that they also told the Pope about the desperate and unhealthy conditions inside the plant.
Fedosiuk added that the Pope seemed very well-informed of the situation in Ukraine, and he said that he will pray for them.