The unilateral ceasefire announced by Putin in Ukraine began

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits a training center of the Western Military District for mobilized reservists together with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Deputy Commander of the Airborne Troops Anatoli Kontsevoy in Ryazan Oblast (Russian Defense Ministry/ Handout via REUTERS/File) (RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY/)

The temporary ceasefire decreed unilaterally by the Russian president, Vladimir Putinin Ukraine during the orthodox christmas began this Friday at 09:00 GMT, as announced, to the skepticism of kyiv.

According to the terms of this truce, announced the day before, Russian troops will lay down their arms until 21:00 GMT on Saturday.

Putin announced a ceasefire after the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill, call to cease fighting for Orthodox Christmaswhich is held on Saturday.

“Taking into account the appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, I instructed the defense minister to order a ceasefire regime throughout the line of contact between the sides in Ukraine,” the Kremlin announced in a statement.

Putin’s announcement was met with skepticism by the Ukrainian authorities. The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenskyestimated that it was an “excuse to stop the advance” of the kyiv troops in Donbas and bring “equipment, ammunition and bring men closer to our positions.”

For their part, the Russians denounced a Ukrainian “attack” against the city of Donetsk, located in eastern Ukraine, just at the beginning of the unilateral ceasefire.

The Joint Center for Control and Coordination of Matters Related to War Crimes of Ukraine (JCCC) has pointed out in a brief message on its Telegram account that the attack has been perpetrated with artillery and has added that “six 155-mm shells have been fired”, without giving information about possible victims.

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