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Putin Orders Cease Fire To Coincide With Russian Orthodox Christmas

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Russia claims it will hold fire for 36 hours

Vladimir Putin's ordered a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine this weekend to coincide with the Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday.

It follows a proposal by the head of the Church, Patriarch Kirill, earlier today.

The Kremlin's announced the truce will come into force at noon local time tomorrow until midnight on Saturday.

Patriarch Kirill suggested a truce, the Russian Orthodox Church, which uses the ancient Julian calendar, celebrates Christmas on January 7.

Kyiv has rejected a call from the head of the Russian Orthodox Church for a Christmas ceasefire as a “cynical trap”.


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