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Ukraine rejects Russia’s ceasefire truce

Russian President, Vladimir Putin had ordered his defence minister to impose a 36-hour ceasefire on Ukrainian front and requested Ukraine to reciprocate, but Kyiv quickly rejected the request.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said the truce was an attempt to stop his country’s military advances in the east of the country.

Ukraine believed that Russia’s motive was not to stop fighting but because of the appeal from the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, who had, earlier in the day, called for a Christmas truce to allow believers to attend services for Orthodox Christmas.

The Russian Orthodox Church, celebrates Christmas Day on 7 January, according to the Julian calendar.

Some people in Ukraine celebrate Christmas on 25 December, others on 7 January. Both days are public holidays in the country.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said Russia had also repeatedly ignored President Zelensky’s propositions for peace such as Russia’s attack on Kherson.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Julian Osamoto