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Ukraine: Putin orders ceasefire, new western weapons for kyiv

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered his army to cease fire in Ukraine for the January 6-7 Orthodox Christmas, the first major respite since the invasion began nearly a year ago, in what Kiev was quick to call “hypocrisy “. In the aftermath of the announcement by France to send light tanks to Ukraine, the United States and Germany promised Kiev, in a joint press release, the delivery of armored infantry, of the Bradley type from the American side and of the Marder model from German side. . Berlin has also pledged to supply a Patriot air defense battery, as Washington has already done. Volodymyr Zelensky immediately hailed “a very important decision”, thanking the American and German leaders. Previously, Vladimir Putin had announced a unilateral ceasefire for the Orthodox Christmas, after an appeal to that effect by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, but also a proposal by the Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who telephoned M Putin in the morning . “In view of the appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, I instruct the Russian Defense Minister to introduce a ceasefire regime along the entire line of contact between the sides in Ukraine from 12:00 on January 6 this year until midnight on January 7,” the Russian president said in a Kremlin statement. – “Give yourself a breath of fresh air” – He also called on the Ukrainian forces to respect this truce in order to give the Orthodox, the majority denomination in Ukraine as in Russia, the opportunity to “attend the services on Christmas Eve, as well as on the day of the Nativity of Christ”. This ceasefire is the first truce of a general nature since the beginning of the war, with only local agreements having been concluded so far, such as for the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal factory in Mariupol (south-east) in April “Russia must leave the occupied territories, only then will there be a + temporary + truce. Keep up your hypocrisy”, a adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Mykhaïlo Podoliak, reacted on Twitter. For the American president, Vladimir Putin is trying to “get some air”. “He was ready to bomb hospitals, kindergartens and churches (. ..) on December 25 and on New Year’s Eve”, Joe Biden joked. This Russian ceasefire will bring “neither freedom nor security to people who live in daily fear under Russian occupation”, German diplomacy reacted for its part. In his telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, Erdogan had proposed a “unilateral ceasefire” intended to support “calls for peace and negotiations between Moscow and Kiev”. Russia is ready for a “serious dialogue” with Ukraine at provided that the latter complies with Russian demands and accepts the “new territorial realities” born of the invasion of this country in February, said Vladimir Putin Moscow claimed in September the annexation of four regions occupied at least in part by his army in Ukraine, despite a series of military setbacks on the ground, modeled on that of the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine in March 2014. Volodymyr Zelensky is insisting on a total withdrawal of Russian forces from his country, including Crimea, before of any dialogue with Moscow. Otherwise he promises to take back the occupied territories by force. During his discussions with Erdogan, Putin accused the West of “feeding the Kiev regime with weapons and military equipment and providing it with operational and targeted intelligence”. A member of NATO, Turkey has not joined the sanctions against Russia and is trying to maintain a position of mediation between Kiev and Moscow. He therefore played a key role in particular in the agreement allowing the export of Ukrainian grains. – Civilians killed – A Russian reprieve is offered less than a week after a Ukrainian attack on New Year’s Eve left at least 89 people dead in Makiivka in eastern Ukraine. A particularly deadly bombing that the Russian army had to recognize, an extremely rare fact, and which has aroused criticism in Russia against the military command. On the front in Ukraine, shelling continued on Thursday with notably the deaths of a woman and her 12-year-old son in a Russian bombing in Beryslav, near Kherson in the south, according to deputy head of the presidential administration Kyrylo Tymoshenko. Two people were killed and three others injured in an attack on a village in Zaporizhia region, also in the south, according to Governor Oleksandre Staroukh. Residents of the eastern city of Chassiv Iar told AFP on Thursday that a Russian missile hit a building before dawn, injuring a man and woman. “When it becomes very difficult, we will leave the city,” Chassiv Iar resident Olena told AFP. bur-rcb-pop/prh

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