Vladimir Putin has ordered a ceasefire in Ukraine.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Russian Defense Minister to temporarily ceasefire in Ukraine over Orthodox Christmas, according to the Kremlin.
The announcement comes following a request for a ceasefire during the religious holiday from Russia’s 76-year-old Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill.
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This is the first time Russia has introduced a full ceasefire in Ukraine since the launch of the offensive in February last year.
“instruct the defence minister of the Russian Federation to introduce from 12:00 (0900 GMT) on January 6, 2023 until 24:00 (2100 GMT) on January 7, 2023 a ceasefire along the entire line of contact between the sides in Ukraine,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
“Given the fact that a large number of citizens professing Orthodoxy live in the areas of combat, we call on the Ukrainian side to declare a ceasefire and give them the opportunity to attend church services on Christmas Eve, as well as on the Day of the Nativity of Christ,” the statement added.
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In a call with the Russian leader earlier Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pressed Putin to declare a “unilateral” ceasefire in Ukraine.
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