Putin Orders Orthodox Christmas Ceasefire, Ukraine Says ‘Trap’

Ukraine Says Putin's Call For Orthodox Christmas Ceasefire 'Trap'
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 22 (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his briefing after the State Council meeting at the Grand Kremlin Palace, December,22,2022 in Moscow, Russia. Putin called ministers and governors for the annual meeting of the State Councul on Youth Policy. (Photo by Contributor/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Putin ordered Russia Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to order the ceasefire, according to Russian media outlet RIA, reportedly after a Russian Orthodox bishop asked for the truce so people can attend services on Christmas Eve and on the day of the Nativity of Christ.
  • “Given the appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, I instruct the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation to introduce a ceasefire regime along the entire line of contact between the parties in Ukraine,” said Putin, according to the media outlet and reported by Fox News.
  • The ceasefire will been Friday and Saturday.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has yet to publicly respond to Putin’s order, but an adviser called the proposed ceasefire a “cynical trap,” Fox also reports.

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