On Jan. 6 at 11:00 a.m. Kyiv time, Russia’s self-proclaimed "Orthodox Christmas ceasefire" came into force, but how long did it last in reality? NV has collated cases of Russia’s violations of the "truce" announced by Russia itself.
The Russian dictator Vladimir Putin "ordered" his Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoigu, to "introduce a ceasefire" along the front lines in Ukraine from 12:00 on Jan. 6 until 24:00 on Jan. 7. Putin explained the decision as due to an appeal from the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.
At 11:08 a.m. on Jan. 6, deputy presidential chief-of-staff Kyrylo Tymoshenko reported the shelling of a fire station in Kherson: no less than four explosions were heard there. According to the latest reports, one person was killed and four others were injured in that attack.
Neither did the Russians hold to the "ceasefire" in Kramatorsk in Donetsk Oblast. The invading forces struck residential neighborhoods, damaging 14 private houses. No casualties were reported.
Later, Russians shelled the city of Kurakhove in Donetsk Oblast. Two residential buildings, a private house and a hospital facility were damaged. According to preliminary reports, one person was injured at during the attack on the hospital.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that Russia aimed to use this “Orthodox Christmas ceasefire" as a cover to move its vehicles and personnel closer to Ukrainian positions.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak called Russia’s announcement an act of hypocrisy, and Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, said that Kyiv had no intention of negotiating any "ceasefire" with Russia, due to Russia’s constant violation of its own conditions.