At 11:00 a.m. Kyiv time on Jan. 6, Moscow’s unilateral “Christmas truce” went into effect. It did not, however, last long: here are the instances of Russia violating its own ceasefire.
As early as 11:08 a.m., the Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, reported Russian shelling of a fire station in Kherson. At least four explosions were recorded there. According to the latest reports, one person was killed and four were injured.
Russian troops also failed to observe the "truce" in Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast. The invading forces launched two rocket barrages at residential areas, damaging 14 private homes. Fortunately, there were no casualties.
Later, the shelling of Kurakhove, Donetsk Oblast, was reported which was attacked by Russian troops using artillery. The shells hit two high-rise buildings, a private house, and damaged a local hospital. At least one person was wounded in the clinic.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin instructed Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu 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 with appeals from his henchman, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, as well as his alleged concern for the religious community. The dictator then called on Kyiv to join the ‘Christmas truce’ and institute a similar ceasefire.
Ukrainian officials and foreign leaders pointed out that Putin had no qualms about launching deadly air strikes against civilian targets in Ukraine on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve in December 2022.