Russian President Vladimir Putin orders ceasefire in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered his defense minister to implement a ceasefire in Ukraine for 36 hours on 6 and 7 January 2023 to allow Orthodox Christians to attend Christmas services, according to a statement from the Kremlin.

Many Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January.

Earlier on Thursday, Patriarch Kirill - the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and a vocal supporter of the war - had called for a temporary ceasefire.

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