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Putin Orders Ceasefire In Ukraine For Orthodox Christmas

Russian<a href=httpshowafricacom> <a>President<a href=httpshowafricacom> <a>Vladimir Putin talks on the phone with David Shmelev a seven year old child from Stavropol Krai region who took part in the New Year Tree of Wishes nationwide charity campaign at the Novo Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on January 5 2023 Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev SPUTNIK AFP

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered a temporary ceasefire in Ukraine on Orthodox Christmas, celebrated this week by both countries, according to the Kremlin.

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This is the first time Russia introduced a full ceasefire in Ukraine since the launch of the offensive in February last year.

The announcement comes following a request for a ceasefire during the religious holiday from Russia’s 76-year-old Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill.

“I 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.

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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