The Russian armistice in Ukraine.. The United Nations welcomes it, but France is skeptical

After the unilateral truce announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukrainian territory is entered in force today, Friday, UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths welcomed Russia’s announcement of a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine, as of this afternoon Friday and considered it “good news”.

Griffiths added on Twitter that Russia’s ceasefire would provide an opportunity to send an aid convoy to “the most needy people we haven’t been able to reach due to heavy fighting.”

French skepticism

Meanwhile, the French Foreign Ministry has put in doubt Russia’s unilateral declaration of ceasefire in Ukraine.

Al-Arabiya/Al-Hadath correspondent confirmed that Russian and Ukrainian forces are exchanging shelling in Donetsk despite the truce, referring to the fierce battles in Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine.

For its part, Russia confirmed that Ukraine bombed Russian military sites on Friday during a 36-hour truce unilaterally declared by President Vladimir Putin and rejected by Kiev.

Russia’s defense ministry said its positions were attacked in Luhansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions, but its forces were observing a ceasefire.

He also added, “The Ukrainian Armed Forces fired four mortar rounds at Russian positions.”

Kiev: no intention to stop fighting

Kiev, for its part, has said it has no intention of stopping the fighting in under the proposed Russian ceasefire, which Ukraine and its Western allies have described as a ploy to buy Russia time to build up its forces and equipment.

Putin ordered a 36-hour ceasefire into the 10-month war in a surprise move on Thursday, saying it was to celebrate Russia’s Orthodox Christian Christmas.

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