Zelensky declares the failure of the ceasefire announced by Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared the failure of the temporary ceasefire ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Christmas holidays for Orthodox Christians.

“They said something about an alleged ceasefire, but the truth is that Russian shells still hit Bakhmut and other Ukrainian positions,” Zelensky said in a video message on Saturday evening.

“It was emphasized once again: the expulsion of the Russian occupiers from the Ukrainian lands and the elimination of all opportunities for Russia to put pressure on Ukraine and all of Europe will mean only the restoration of the ceasefire, the security and the pace”, said the Ukrainian spokesman. added the president.

Putin on Thursday ordered a unilateral 36-hour ceasefire during the holiday season celebrated by many Orthodox Christians on Jan. 7. tactical trick.

Russia has claimed that Ukraine has bombed its positions in front line, forcing troops to return fire despite the truce, which officially expired at 21:00 GMT on Saturday.

Ukrainian authorities said Russian shelling killed two civilians in the disputed town of Bakhmut in the country’s eastern Donetsk region.