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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s name for a 36-hour cease-fire to permit for the observance of Orthodox Christmas on the approaching weekend, saying that Russia would solely use the interval to enhance its place on the battlefield.

Zelenskiy mentioned on January 5 that Russia needs to make use of the vacation “as a canopy” to deliver tools, ammunition, and mobilized troops nearer to the positions of Ukrainian troops within the Donbas area.

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“Everybody on the planet is aware of how the Kremlin makes use of a lull within the battle to proceed the battle with new power,” Zelenskiy mentioned in a video message.

Putin earlier on January 5 instructed Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu to introduce a “cease-fire alongside your complete line of fight of the events in Ukraine” lasting 36 hours — from 12 p.m. on January 6 to midnight on January 7.

As reported on the Kremlin web site, Putin known as on the Ukrainian aspect to “declare a cease-fire and provides Orthodox Christians the chance to attend companies on Christmas Eve, in addition to on Christmas Day.”

Zelenskiy mentioned he additionally mentioned the dynamics of the scenario with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose workplace mentioned he had pressed Putin throughout a phone name earlier on January 5 to implement a “unilateral cease-fire” to be able to assist efforts for peace talks.

Erdogan, who helped dealer a deal to renew shipments of Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports that have been closed in the course of the early months of the battle, has repeatedly supplied to host a peace summit between the warring leaders.

The Kremlin reported that Putin knowledgeable Erdogan of Russia’s “openness to critical dialogue on the situation of Kyiv authorities…taking into consideration the brand new territorial realities,” a reference to Russia’s unrecognized claims to have annexed 5 Ukrainian areas.

Ukraine insists Russia withdraw from these areas earlier than talks will be held.

Mykhaylo Podolyak, a senior adviser to Zelenskiy, had earlier on Twitter described the cease-fire as “hypocrisy” and mentioned there might solely be a “short-term truce” if Russia withdraws its forces from territory it has seized in Ukraine.

In a extra detailed assertion, Podolyak mentioned Putin’s proposal was “purely a propaganda gesture” and likewise accused Russia of wanting it solely to safe extra time to cut back the depth of clashes, mobilize extra forces, and proceed to construct fortifications on territory it has occupied.

“A banal trick. There may be not the slightest want to finish the battle on this,” Podolyak mentioned within the assertion, in line with Reuters.

“Furthermore, let me remind you that solely Russia assaults civilian objects with missiles/drones, together with locations of non secular rites, and does this exactly on Christmas holidays,” mentioned Podolyak, who was one of many lead negotiators in early talks between Russia and Ukraine firstly of the battle.

U.S. President Joe Biden mentioned Putin is “looking for some oxygen” by floating the cease-fire, which German International Minister Annalena Baerbock slammed, saying on Twitter {that a} cease-fire “brings neither freedom nor safety to individuals dwelling in each day concern underneath Russian occupation.”

British International Secretary James Cleverly mentioned the proposed cease-fire would “do nothing to advance the prospects for peace.”

Cleverly added on Twitter: “Russia should completely withdraw its forces, relinquish its unlawful management of Ukrainian territory and finish its barbaric assaults towards harmless civilians.”

Pentagon spokesman Brigadier Common Patrick Ryder mentioned there was “vital skepticism” in the USA and all over the world given Russia’s “lengthy monitor document of propaganda, disinformation, and its relentless assaults towards Ukrainian cities and civilians.”

“Our focus will proceed to be on supporting Ukraine,” Ryder advised reporters shortly after the USA and Germany and mentioned they might ship armored autos to Ukraine.

America intends to produce Ukraine with Bradley infantry preventing autos, and Germany intends to supply Marder infantry preventing autos, a joint assertion mentioned after a telephone name between Biden and Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Germany additionally will be part of the USA in supplying a Patriot air-defense battery to Ukraine.

Zelenskiy thanked Scholz on Twitter for the choice to ship a Patriot battery to Ukraine.

“Along with the beforehand delivered IRIS-T system and the Gepard tanks, Germany is making an necessary contribution to intercepting all Russian missiles!” he mentioned.

Kyiv has been urgent Western governments for heavy armored autos.

France introduced on January 4 after a telephone name between Zelenskiy and French President Emmanuel Macron that it could present AMX-10 RC light-armored autos to Ukraine.

Earlier, Australia supplied 90 Bushmaster autos, that are armored towards land mines.

In its each day briefing on the battle on January 5, the Ukrainian army mentioned greater than 800 Russian troopers had been killed or wounded, largely in preventing across the Donetsk area metropolis of Bakhmut and different areas within the Donetsk area.

RFE/RL couldn’t independently confirm the Ukrainian army’s figures.

With reporting by Reuters and AFP

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