Ukraine on Thursday rejected Russia’s declaration of a ceasefire over Orthodox Christmas as “hypocrisy” and “propaganda”, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak stated on Thursday.
Russia “should depart the occupied territories — solely then will it have a ‘non permanent truce’. Maintain hypocrisy to your self,” Podolyak wrote on Twitter in response to the Kremlin announcement.
“This can be a full propaganda gesture and nothing extra,” Podolyak stated in a separate assertion.
“Russia is looking for any approach to decrease the depth of the combating and the depth of the strikes on its logistical centres” to strengthen and regroup, he added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered a brief ceasefire in Ukraine on Orthodox Christmas, celebrated this week by each international locations, in accordance with the Kremlin.
That is the primary time Russia launched a full ceasefire in Ukraine because the launch of the offensive in February final 12 months.
Podolyak stated the ceasefire declaration was a “banal trick”.
“There’s not the slightest need to finish the battle,” he stated, including: “There isn’t any want to answer the clearly manipulative initiatives of the Russian management”.
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