February 6, 2023

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Putin calls for a 36-hour ceasefire for Russian Orthodox Christmas

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Russian President Vladimir Putin imposed a ceasefire on Thursday on his troops to allow them to celebrate Christmas in the Russian Orthodox Church. Earlier, the Patriarch of the Church had already called for this Christmas truce. But Ukraine does not support such a temporary ceasefire.

The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on January 6 and 7. So Russian Patriarch Kirill called for a cease-fire in Ukraine on Thursday. On the Internet, “it appeared until the seventh of January so that the Orthodox could attend the services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.”

Myhailo Podoljak, advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, rejected the patriarch’s proposal. He described it as a “cynical trap”. According to Podoljak, the Russian Orthodox Church has no say in such matters.

Then Russian President Vladimir Putin took matters into his own hands. “Taking into account the appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, I instruct the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation to establish a ceasefire along the line of contact between the parties in Ukraine from January 6, 2023 at noon until January 7, 2023 at midnight. Since a number of A large number of Orthodox civilians live in combat zones, we call on the Ukrainian side to declare a cease-fire and allow them to attend services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve”.

Podoljak also reacted to Putin’s decision. “Russia must leave the occupied territories – only then will there be a ‘temporary ceasefire.’” He wrote on Twitter: “Keep the hypocrisy to yourself.”

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