Friday, January 6, 2023

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says Putin’s 36-hour truce is a tactical ploy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has rejected out of hand a Russian order for a truce over the Orthodox Christmas period, saying the proposed ceasefire is a trick to halt the Ukraine army’s progress in the eastern Donbas region and allow Moscow to bring in more troops.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 36-hour ceasefire – which will run from midday Friday (09:00 GMT) until the end of Saturday (21:00 GMT) – after a call for a Christmas truce by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

 Ukrainian authorities may start announcing an air alert and stage other provocations in order to accuse Russia of breaching the ceasefire it announced, ex-Ambassador of the Lugansk People’s Republic in Moscow Rodion Miroshnik told TASS.

"To announce disruption of the ceasefire, Kiev may go to total provocations and lay blames for them on Russia, For example, their air alert horns will be activated permanently without any grounds from 07:00 am tomorrow," Miroshnik said.

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