Mutual accusations between Russia and Ukraine for violating the “Christmas peace”

Mutual accusations between Russia and Ukraine for violating the “Christmas peace”

Mutual accusations between Russia and Ukraine for violating the “Christmas peace”

Russia and Ukraine exchanged allegations of violating the unilateral ceasefire declared by Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the Christmas attacks during the ceasefire.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that despite artillery shelling by Ukrainian forces on populated areas and Russian positions, Russian forces will continue to implement the declared ceasefire.

Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that during the ceasefire, the Russian army responded to the Ukrainian attacks and Russian forces destroyed all locations from which the Ukrainian army had been bombing in the Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions.

Artillery shelling continued the day before yesterday in the town of Bakhmut, which has become a combat center in eastern Ukraine, and in other parts of Ukraine, despite the unilateral ceasefire, which Kyiv and the western powers saw as a mere maneuver by Russia. and after the decision came into effect, correspondents for the agency spoke. AFP reported that shots were heard from the Russian and Ukrainian sides, but the strikes were less severe compared to previous days.

The deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Kyrilo Tymoshenko, spoke of two Russian attacks on Kramatorsk that targeted a residential building and claimed no casualties. He also spoke of the Russian bombardment of Cherson in the south.

In the Luhansk region, local authorities announced 14 artillery shells and three Russian attacks, while civilians stayed in basements all day, while Russian news agencies reported on the separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine speaking of shelling their positions in Donetsk, which was hit by was carried out by the Ukrainian army before and after the entry into force of the moratorium.

Following an appeal by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and a proposal by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Putin last Thursday called on his army to start implementing a ceasefire along the entire line of contact between the two parties in Ukraine, starting on April 9: However, from 00:00 GMT on January 6 to 21:00 on January 7, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, considered Putin’s decision “an argument aimed at stopping the advance of Ukrainian soldiers in the Donbass and providing equipment and ammunition.”

Putin had urged Ukrainian forces to honor that truce so supporters of the Orthodox community, the largest sect in both Ukraine and Russia, could attend Christmas Eve services, while US President Joe Biden said Putin was looking through it Armistice a “breather”.

In addition, the Ukrainian president praised the United States for including armored vehicles in the recent military aid package, saying it was a demand from the Ukrainian armed forces.

The latest US military aid package announced by the White House the day before yesterday was the largest yet in Kyiv and included for the first time Bradley armored vehicles, known as tank killers for the anti-tank missiles they fire.

US Department of Defense official in charge of Russia affairs Laura Cooper said that the new military aid to Ukraine is estimated at more than three billion dollars and mainly includes 50 Bradley armored vehicles and dozens of other armored vehicles belonging to the weapons no offensive tanks, which Kyiv is asking the West to provide.

The new aid includes, in addition to artillery bombs, mortars, anti-aircraft missiles and guns, 100 M113 armored personnel carriers, 55 mine-resistant MRAP armored vehicles and 18 howitzers.

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