Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his invading forces to implement a unilateral cease-fire for Orthodox Christmasbeginning at noon Friday and continuing through Saturday, according to a Kremlin statement.
Putin said he was acting on an appeal from the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, and called on Ukraine to join the temporary truce — which would be the first comprehensive ceasefire since the conflict began.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his night address that Putin’s order will only increase the death toll. “Everyone in the world knows how the Kremlin uses respects at war to continue the war with renewed vigour,” he said.
Also on Thursday, the United States and Germany announced they would send armored combat vehicles to Ukraine, in a major shift after months of turning down Kyiv’s requests for the vehicles. France said Wednesday it would provide Ukraine with an unspecified number of light tanks.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
1. Putin orders Orthodox Christmas cease-fire
2. Other 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.
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