Kyiv rejects Putin’s Christmas truce

But Kyiv refused this request.

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy argued that this ceasefire was declared to stop their advance on the front.

Publishing a video message, Zelenskiy said that Russia aims to bring more soldiers and weapons to the front by using the ceasefire.

US leader Joe Biden also stated that Putin made “such a move to breathe”.

In the statement made by the Kremlin, it was stated that Putin declared the ceasefire not to reduce the violence of the war, but as a result of the call of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The church has called for an end to the fighting so that people can go to church today at Christmas.

Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7.

With Ukraine’s rejection of this proposal, the Kremlin is expected to use the rhetoric “Kyiv does not want peace and has no respect for believers” against the Russian people.

Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mikhailo Podolyak said that there would be no temporary ceasefire without Russia’s withdrawal from the occupied territories, adding that this was a propaganda step.

The Russian army suffered a great loss at the beginning of the year, and according to the figures announced by Russia, 89 soldiers died in the rocket attack of Ukraine.

Political analyst Tatyana Stanovaya said the Kremlin may have taken such a step to avoid incurring a similar loss over Christmas:

“Putin certainly doesn’t want the same thing to happen at Christmas.”

Yesterday, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan requested Putin to declare a unilateral ceasefire in order to sit at the negotiating table.