Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers an address to the nation marking Orthodox Christian Christmas Eve. Photo: Ukraine Presidency/dpa/Handout
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers an address to the nation marking Orthodox Christian Christmas Eve. Photo: Ukraine Presidency/dpa/Handout
Ukraine war

Ukraine war: Zelensky declares Putin’s Orthodox Christmas ‘ceasefire’ a failure, while PM says Russia has created 250,000 square km minefield

  • Putin had unilaterally ordered a 36-hour ceasefire on Thursday, timed for the Christmas holiday that many Orthodox Christians celebrate on January 7
  • But Zelensky claimed Russian shells hit Bakhmut and elsewhere, while Ukraine’s PM Shmyhal says nation now has world’s biggest minefield – roughly size of UK

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers an address to the nation marking Orthodox Christian Christmas Eve. Photo: Ukraine Presidency/dpa/Handout
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers an address to the nation marking Orthodox Christian Christmas Eve. Photo: Ukraine Presidency/dpa/Handout
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