Ukraine has seemingly denied Russia’s proposal to observe a 36-hour ceasefire around the Eastern Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 6-7, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak.
“Russia must leave the occupied territories – only then can it enjoy a ‘temporary truce,” Podolyak said in a Twitter post on Jan. 5. he added.
“And you can keep the hypocrisy.”
The Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Oleksii Danilov, similarly dismissed any ceasefire talks, highlighting Moscow’s hypocrisy of using a religious holiday for propaganda purposes.
“Who are they proposing this truce to? To themselves?” Danilov told Ukrainian TV station Channel 24.
“There is a simple solution: they should pack their stuff and go home to Russia.”
“What religion, what priests? A priest that blesses a war of conquest to kill innocent women and children, who endorses rape – what kind of priest is that?” Danilov commented on eager involvement of Patriarch Kirill – head of Moscow’s Orthodox Church – in mustering public support for war against Ukraine.
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.