Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his invading forces to implement a unilateral cease-fire for Orthodox Christmas, starting at midday Friday and persevering with by way of Saturday, in line with a Kremlin assertion.
Putin mentioned he was performing on an enchantment from the pinnacle of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, and referred to as on Ukraine to affix the non permanent truce — which might be the primary complete cease-fire for the reason that battle started.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned in his nightly handle that Putin’s order will solely enhance the dying toll. “Everyone in the world knows how the Kremlin uses respites at war to continue the war with renewed vigor,” he mentioned.
Additionally on Thursday, the USA and Germany introduced they’d ship armored fight autos to Ukraine, in a significant shift after months of turning down Kyiv’s requests for the autos. France mentioned Wednesday it will present Ukraine with an unspecified variety of gentle tanks.
Right here’s the newest on the struggle and its ripple results throughout the globe.
1. Putin orders Orthodox Christmas cease-fire
2. Different key developments
4. From our correspondents
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Erin Cunningham, Zeynep Karatas, Isabelle Khurshudyan, Kamila Hrabchuk and Rick Noack contributed to this report.