The truce unilaterally declared by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Ukrainian territory has entered in force Friday.
Russia’s Channel 1 added: “As of noon today, the ceasefire has entered in force along the line of contact… It will last until the end of January 7”.
In addition, Al-Arabiya/Al-Hadath correspondent reported that there were no sounds of explosions or shells in Donetsk as the armistice came in. in force.
He also indicated that there are reinforcements for Ukrainian army positions on the border with Belarus.
Putin said, according to a statement released by the Kremlin, “In response to the call of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, I instruct the Russian Defense Minister to begin implementing a ceasefire on all lines of contact between the two sides in Ukraine, starting at 12:00 (09:00 GMT). ) on January 6 of questend of the year until 00:00 (21:00 GMT) on January 7th.
The statement also mentioned that Russia was asking Ukraine to declare a ceasefire and allow people to attend masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to Orthodox doctrine.
Kiev calls truce ‘hypocrisy’
On the other hand, adviser to the director of the Ukrainian president’s office, Mikhailo Podolyak, said: “The temporary truce with Russia can only take place if it leaves the territories it controlled,” describing the truce as “hypocrisy.”
And the adviser to the director of the Ukrainian president’s office, in a tweet he posted on “Twitter”, stipulated the withdrawal of Russia from the territory of his country to accept the Russian armistice, adding: “We are not the ones to attack a country to agree to an armistice”.
Interestingly, this is the first such truce since the start of the Russian military operation in the territory of the western neighbor last February.
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