On January 5, Russia’s President showed respect for Orthodox Christians in response to head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill’s ceasefire request during the holiday period.
In harm’s way because of US orchestrated and directed aggression by Ukrainian Nazis, Vladimir Putin announced the following:
“I instruct(ed) the Defense Minister of the Russian Federation to introduce a ceasefire along the entire line of contact in Ukraine from 12.00 on January 6, 2023 to 24.00 on January 7, 2023.
“As a large number of Orthodox Christians reside in the area of hostilities, we call on the Ukrainian side to declare a ceasefire to allow them to attend church services on Christmas Eve as well as on Christmas Day.”
On January 7, Putin attended services at the Kremlin’s Annunciation Cathedral.
He “wish(ed) Orthodox Christians and all those celebrating Christmas good health, success and all the very best.”
As ordered by his US master, puppet Zelensky rejected Putin’s holiday period ceasefire — falsely calling it a trick to halt nonexistent advances by greatly degraded and virtually defeated regime troops.
On Orthodox Christian eve, the US-installed buffoon displayed further evidence of his detachment from reality, falsely claiming that he brought regime “strength, defense cooperation with partners to a new level (sic).”
Separately, he defied reality by the following self-delusion, saying:
“The war (begun in 2014 by regime troops as ordered and directed by the Obama/Biden regime) will be over when Russian soldiers either leave or we drive them out (sic),” adding:
“Russia will not manage to conceal in silence its preparation for a new wave of aggression (sic).”
And so-called advisor to the US-installed puppet, Mikhail Podolyak, dismissively called Patriarch Kirill’s ceasefire request a “cynical trap and a piece of propaganda (sic).”
Reading lines scripted by his handlers for him to recite, the fake Biden mumbled the following:
He was instructed to say he’s “reluctant to respond to anything that Putin says,” adding:
“I found it interesting that he was willing to bomb hospitals and nurseries and churches (sic) on the 25th and New Year’s (sic).”
“I mean, I think he’s trying to find some oxygen (sic).”
And this from the Biden regime’s State Department, falsely calling Putin’s good faith ceasefire a “cynical ploy (sic).”
Ignored was that the worst of war crimes, including state-sponsored terrorism, reflects how the empire of lies has operated from inception, notably throughout the modern era.
Its forever war on humanity at home and worldwide is worlds apart from Russia’s respect for international law, what hegemon USA, its Western vassals and Ukrainian Nazis consistently spurn.
Commenting on Putin’s good faith ceasefire, the Zaporozhye Region’s acting governor, Yevgeny Balitsky, said the following:
As expected, “the Kiev regime, acting (on orders by) its Western handlers, hasn’t supported a Christmas truce.”
“It demonstrates yet again that Nazism, which reigns supreme in the former Ukraine, doesn’t have anything in common with Christianity, Orthodoxy and is deprived of human values.”
On Orthodox Christmas eve, continuing on Christmas Day, Ukrainian Nazis shelled Donetsk residential areas.
According to the Donetsk News Agency:
Ukrainian Nazis “shelled the Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk (with) 152mm artillery rounds.”
No casualties were reported.
As orchestrated and directed by Pentagon and CIA elements infesting Ukraine, regime troops also shelled Russian military positions near Lisichansk and Alyoshky.
Unlike Ukrainian Nazis, Russia honors truce as directed by Vladimir Putin.
Dominant Kiev Nazis flagrantly breached it as expected, providing more evidence that they can never be trusted, that negotiating with them would be a colossal waste of time.
Separately, the Biden regime announced another $2.85 billion supply of weapons and munitions for Ukrainian Nazis, the package to include 50 Bradley Fighting Vehicles.
Commenting on supplying them to regime troops, military expert, Andrei Martyanov, stressed the following:
Equipped with a “25-mm Bushmaster and two obsolete BGM-71 TOW ATGMs,” they have no “chance on the modern battlefield against (Russia’s vastly superior) T-72B3(M) (and) T-90M,” adding:
“One doesn’t have to be a professional tank officer to recognize what these Bradleys will face.”
Supplying them “is a cover story for Pentagon, because the larger issue (is uncorrected flaws in US) M1 Abrams tanks,” causing them to break down.
And no matter what weapons and munitions that hegemon USA and its Western vassals supply to Ukraine, Russian military superiority can penetrate their “feeble air defense” systems and destroy them.
State-of-the-art Russian attack helicopters alone are “designed to kill any (enemy) armor on the battlefield.”
The empire of lies and its Western vassal continue to waste billions of dollars in support of a lost cause, notably at the expense of vital homeland needs when their economies are increasingly troubled and real double-digit inflation is near the highest post-WW II peak level and will likely stay elevated for some time.
Separately as reported by Southfront:
Russia retaliated against the regime’s Makeevka attack — killing 89 of its military personnel — as follows:
Its forces “destroyed…two US HIMARs launchers (and) four combat vehicles of Czech-made RM-70 Vampire MLRS, as well as more than 800 rockets for them, six vehicles, and up to 120 Ukrainian servicemen.”
The regime continues to hemmorrage manpower, weapons, munitions and equipment with zero chance of turning defeat into triumph.
A Final Comment
During WW I, an unplanned truce occurred over the 1914 Christmas period — 5 months after the war to end all future ones began.
Both sides stopped fighting, fraternizing instead.
On both sides, soldiers left trenches over half of the front – defying orders, calling “such an attitude…dangerous (saying it) destroys the offensive spirit…”
What was unimaginable happened.
Both sides took time off from fighting, shook hands, buried their dead, chatted with each other, enjoyed the calm and even played football with each other.
Unofficial truces occurred other times throughout history, several times during WW I.
Never like Christmas 1914. Nothing like it occurred since then.
Nor is it likely ahead as long as US-dominated NATO regimes reject peace and the rule of law in favor of forever wars on humanity in pursuit of imperial dominance by brute force.