President Zelensky speaks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

In his conversation with Bartholomew I, Mr Zelenskyy “described the prevailing situation in his country after the military invasion by the Russian Federation,” a statement from the patriarchate indicated.

The Ukrainian leader said he was grateful for Bartholomew’s support and asked for continued prayers for Ukraine’s freedom and “territorial integrity.”

In reply, Bartholomew I “assured” the national leader of the church’s “solidarity and constant prayers that the hostile fire may cease and the military conflict may stop immediately,” and congratulated Mr Zelenskyy “for his vigorous fighting spirit, as well as for the inspiration and support that he provides the Ukrainian people with his courageous attitude.”

The head of state wrote about this onTwitter.

"Thank you for the warm conversation, Your All-Holiness #Bartholomew. Your words are like hands that hold us up in this difficult time. Ukrainians feel the spiritual support and strength of your prayers. We hope for the soonest peace," Zelensky said.

Martial law was imposed in Ukraine and general mobilization was announced.

Ukraine has officially filed a lawsuit against the Russian Federation with the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague.