No Christmas Peace – Kremlin orders ceasefire, Kiev does not participate

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In view of the upcoming Orthodox Christmas, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine. Ukraine, however, rejects a ceasefire as long as there are Russian invaders in the country.

Putin ordered the Russian Defense Ministry to cease hostilities in the neighboring country from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening. According to the Interfax news agency, the Kremlin has announced that its weapons must rest from noon on Friday to midnight on Saturday. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill had previously called for a ceasefire over the Orthodox Christmas holiday. The Kremlin had recently declared that there would be no ceasefire.

Ukraine rejects ceasefire under Russian occupation. Russian troops must leave Ukraine before a ceasefire is reached, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

Erdogan called for a ceasefire
On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to declare a “unilateral ceasefire” in Ukraine. During a phone call, Erdogan said that “calls for peace and negotiations between Moscow and Kiev must be accompanied by a unilateral ceasefire and a vision of a fair solution,” Turkey’s presidential office said.

Erdogan also wants to speak to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday. In the past, the Turkish president has used his good relations with Moscow and Kiev to mediate the conflict. Turkey helped launch the UN-backed grain deal.

Source: Krone

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