Putin orders two-day ceasefire in Ukraine in view of Orthodox Christmas

5 January, 2023 | Amish Mahajan

Vladimir Putin (File Pic) World

President Putin ordered a ceasefire in Ukraine on Thursday. Russian spiritual leader Patriarch Kirill made the request in view of Orthodox Christmas.

President Vladimir Putin has made a big announcement regarding the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war for almost 11 months. President Putin on Thursday ordered a ceasefire in Ukraine from 6 to 7 January. The Russian spiritual leader Patriarch Kirill requested a ceasefire in Ukraine on January 6-7 in view of the Orthodox Christmas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Moscow’s armed forces in Ukraine for a 36-hour ceasefire this weekend for the Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday, the Kremlin said on Thursday. The order comes after a proposal by Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

According to President Putin, ‘Based on the fact that a large number of Orthodox civilians live in war zones, we offer the Ukrainian side to declare a ceasefire and allow them to attend services on Christmas Eve.’

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church called on Thursday for a 36-hour Christmas truce in Ukraine this weekend, but his appeal has done little to halt the war that began nearly 11 months ago with the invasion of Moscow. There was no prospect of success. Patriarch Kirill suggested a ceasefire from Friday afternoon to Saturday midnight local time.