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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 stated on January 5 that Russia desires to make use of the vacation “as a canopy” to convey gear, ammunition, and mobilized troops nearer to the positions of Ukrainian troops within the Donbas area.

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

Putin earlier on January 5 instructed Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu to introduce a “cease-fire alongside your entire 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 referred to 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 stated he additionally mentioned the dynamics of the state of affairs with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose workplace stated he had pressed Putin throughout a phone name earlier on January 5 to implement a “unilateral cease-fire” with a view 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 throughout 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 severe 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 stated there might solely be a “non permanent truce” if Russia withdraws its forces from territory it has seized in Ukraine.

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

“A banal trick. There may be not the slightest need to finish the conflict on this,” Podolyak stated within the assertion, in response to 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,” stated Podolyak, who was one of many lead negotiators in early talks between Russia and Ukraine at first of the conflict.

U.S. President Joe Biden stated 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 folks residing in day by day concern underneath Russian occupation.”

British International Secretary James Cleverly stated 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 Basic Patrick Ryder stated there was “important skepticism” in america and around the globe given Russia’s “lengthy monitor report of propaganda, disinformation, and its relentless assaults towards Ukrainian cities and civilians.”

“Our focus will proceed to be on supporting Ukraine,” Ryder instructed reporters shortly after america and Germany and stated they’d ship armored automobiles to Ukraine.

The USA intends to produce Ukraine with Bradley infantry preventing automobiles, and Germany intends to offer Marder infantry preventing automobiles, a joint assertion stated after a telephone name between Biden and Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Germany additionally will be a part of america 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 essential contribution to intercepting all Russian missiles!” he stated.

Kyiv has been urgent Western governments for heavy armored automobiles.

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 automobiles to Ukraine.

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

In its day by day briefing on the conflict on January 5, the Ukrainian navy stated 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 navy’s figures.

With reporting by Reuters and AFP

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