The ceasefire ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin for Orthodox Christmas did not hold, as heavy shelling was reported in eastern Ukraine on Friday and Saturday.
The ceasefire was to be held from noon on Friday through midnight on Saturday. The Russian military insisted that it observed the ceasefire but said it did respond to Ukrainian attacks. The Russian Defense Ministry said Russian forces “deflected” Ukrainian attacks and killed more than 20 Ukrainian soldiers on Friday.
Local Russian-backed authorities in the city of Donestk claimed that Ukraine began shelling areas immediately after the ceasefire was supposed to take effect.
Ukrainian officials immediately rejected the ceasefire after Putin gave the order on Thursday but still blamed Russia for the outset of fighting. “The world was once again able to see today how false any words of any level that sound from Moscow are,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address Saturday.
“They were saying something about a supposed ceasefire. The reality, however, was that Russian shells once again hit Bakhmut and other Ukrainian positions,” Zelensky added.
Instead of encouraging a temporary pause in fighting in Ukraine, the US and other Western countries also rejected Putin’s ceasefire. After Putin gave the order for a unilateral ceasefire, the State Department dismissed it as a “cynical ploy” and claimed Russia was trying to use the 36-hour period to reinforce its troops.
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Biden and Zelensky are vile people, they had nothing to lose by agreeing to a 36 hr ceasefire.
What could they possibly again? What to lose was evident from the start, they only showed how vile they really are and young men’s lives are nothing to them.
They are evil and so are their advisers, really bad people.
There is nothing for the two demented creatures stupid enough to say. They are despicable POS.
At least they paid tribute to Christmas and that is also good.
It’s hard to tell what was done with genuine intention… but it’s nice to know that there may have been one person at least that stopped….
The whole thing reminds me of a story from the life of St Basil (the fool for Christ). Ivan Grozy (the terrible) was waging war with Novgorod and came to pay a visit to St Basil since he was known as a holy and wise man. This was during Lenten time. When Ivan visited St Basil, St Basil offered him meat. Ivan scoffed, saying “I’m an Orthodox Christian! (I don’t eat meat during lent!)”. St Basil calmly replied “But you drink human blood…”. Ivan left shocked, and later choose to end a siege of a city he was attacking.
Here’s a solution to Putin’s madness; pull your troops out and your soldiers will get to go to church daily and enjoy all holidays with their families.
I wish that would happen, I truly do but I am not holding out much hope…
What about a solution to Biden’s madness? Stop the funding and the war must end.
Those who think it worthwhile should go and fight as volunteers themselves instead of using Ukrainian blood to advance US domination.
Only problem with this one is that Ukrainians may still be fighting with or without the support from the West. They will still have a home amd families to defend.
Of course they would.
How, they are short of cannon fodder and weapons as it is.
They are forcing Russia to go for unconditional surrender, that could provoke nuclear war.
How much are Biden and the American people willing to pay? Nuclear bombs on the WH and the Pentagon? The Russians can do it. They have enough for London, Paris and Berlin if anything is still standing.
No, the war would end with a negotiated settlement, Biden pushes for unconditional surrender.
Normal people would have negotiated an ending long ago, but the fanatics the psychopaths are the Anglo-Saxons and the NATO boot lickers.
Ukraine would be much more peaceful without help from the west.
That is not what wars are about, never were and never will be.
The Ukrainian people voted against the war, the corrupt elite the neo-Nazis sold the nation for lots of money. They now enjoy the climate in Monaco and their yachts on the French Riviera.
Wars are about profits and the war profiteers are the only winners. They make the money, see the oil giants and the MIC. The weapons they get paid for are S**t, but that is ok. Corruption, our government does not want to know auditing is banned. Why don’t they want to know where the billions of $$$ end up?
Our government is busy suing the government, why not, it is a democracy after all.
So is that why the Ukrainians opt to do like the Afghans and just not fight for what they do not believe in or support and why this has been a Russian walkover?
Oh wain no that is not what has happened so…
The UKRAINIAN PEOPLE VOTED FOR PEACE, that is what Zelensky promised to get elected, some 70% of the votes. You do know they had a civil war since the regime change 2014, with about 14 000 casualties, about 80% of the victims were Russian speaking Ukrainians. He cheated the voters the clown, the liar, lied for lots of money, he is a very wealthy man now, the most corrupt one of all the corrupt neo-Nazis.
The more you stress this the more difficult it gets to explain why the Ukrainians are not opting, like the Afghans, to not fight and die for a cause they do not support or believe in (Corruption).
And Biden sanctions the nation and Biden robbed them of their money, don’t you see what they do in your name?
I am ashamed for them and in tears for all the sorrow they do to the people, their children, just collateral damage and they call themselves Christian. SICKENING.
That the US has imposed sanctions on Afghanistan does not explain why Ukrainian soldiers are according to you fighting a war they do not believe in for a corrupt leader.
I’m against the US sanctions on pretty much all the countries I can remember them having sanctions on, except Russia and possibly China. But in the case of Russia it is how it has to be – if a Russian war of aggression with the purpose of territorial conquest is not sanctioned then we will have far more wars like that, so for this reason alone sanctions have to be applied.
It is kind of strange that you cannot see the logics of this – do not take it from me of any western nation just listen to the words of the Kenyan ambassador to the UN:
Without the Biden insistence and NATO weapons supply to continue the slaughter, this war would have ended already, had not even started. But that simple fact does not suit your narrative, so you go on butchering another nation leaving another failed nation like Iraq, Syria and Libya and just walk away if you not start illegal sanctions to punish the people some more, like the western value people did to Afghanistan.
Frankly that is what inhumane monsters do. Hitler pales compared to that.
That is what the world sees in the Western NATO alliance, just MONSTER.
Shame on us, they do it in our name. I voted for Monster Biden, I feel sick.
There would have had to be all the more sanctions on Russia. I rather think that you are wrong about the idea that the conflict would have been over – but perhaps on pause for but a short while until the Russians could have mustered enough forces to take the rest of Ukraine and Moldova.
Under what law is the sanctions that have been placed on Russia for starting a war illegal, mind you a war similar to what that we condemned Germans for after starting after WWII.
Which parts of the world would that be the 4 countries that voted with Russia in the UN or just which countries – because I can not name a lot that are in any way in love with what Putin is doing in Ukraine, not even his CSTO partners.
Perhaps save a bit of sick for what your hero Putin is doing in Ukraine?
Putin is the adult in the room.
Hm – and that is supposed to justify his actions?
Is anyone, from any sphere of influence, going to be able to help quell this situation before it gets out of hand?….
Only we the people making an end run as the fourth front in this highly profitable world war against Russia, China and Iran.
What is that fourth front? Formation of a more perfect union using the intelligence of everyone using real democracy designed on the fly by human beings attempting to straighten out the mess of war for profit run by both war parties and a fully captured representative democracy headquartered in the pentagon, Hollywood and Wall Street.
What makes you think that people using real democracy will unite to save the actions of a despot like Putin – a man who certainly is not fighting for the people of the areas under Russian control to have a democratic say in their future.
Moreover as you would find out not fighting the Russians would be much more profitable for the MIC as far more nations around the world will need to up their defense spending – the rest of us i.e. those not working in the MIC will have to cope with much less trade and less economic growth as a consequence.
The elite sphere of influence are the criminals doing it. We have no statesmen or women, not one official had enough character to resign, last time that happened was Cyrus Vance, President Carter’s SoS. that is how long ago.
“Putin’s Christmas Ceasefire Doesn’t Hold Ukraine and its Western backers rejected the ceasefire, and shelling was reported on Friday and Saturday”
In Ukraine 70% of the population are Ukrainian Orthodox. It was unfortunate that Orthodox Christmas was not observed by the Ukrainian side.
What can you expect from the anti-Christ Zelensky and he band of criminals? You do know that Zelensky was not raised as an Orthodox Christian and he has no tradition of “Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards All”.
Your last paragraph tells the world that you are big supporter of antisemitism.
Just because he’s an idiot, that doesn’t mean he’s an anti-Semite. The Venn diagram of those two things doesn’t correspond 100%.
Zelensky is a hypocrite, we all know it, he is fighting the Russian orthodox religion because a great number of Ukrainians belong to the Russian orthodox church.
That has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, a simple critic on the criminal Zelensky. He is the one using religion as a political tool, he is a hypocrite.
“we all know it” who is “we”.
You are a Woke moron and a snowflake. Since I did not identify a religion he could be Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto, or a hedonist. The fact is that Zelensky has no respect for Orthodox Christmas tradition is a pure fact.
Pointing out a fact that Zelensky is not an Orthodox Christian does not make one an antisemitic person. In fact, Zelensky supports fascism so perhaps he subscribes to the Nazi religion.
You are most likely one of those Woke Snowflakes that denies science and facts to prove your feel good anti-Western Civilization bent. Go back to your safe space and spin.
What is incredible is how long Zelinsky is maintaining his ‘act’. I hope to see a leadership change in Ukraine this year that will benefit his people.
The ‘act’ is getting old and is cracking at the seams. What’s concerning is that Zelinsky now believes he’s a legitimate president leading his (actually the USA and the UK’s) minions to a projected victory along with the largest production spike in the MIC’s history.
Let’s not forget about all the resources involved in shipping gas and oil from the USA. How kind of them. I’m sure the EU is getting a great deal. 😉
I apologize for getting off topic, but I have to vent from almost a years worth of complete and utter bull$hit propagated by the USA, UK, etc. THEY are the true war criminals in all of this. They scuttled the original peace
process and created the ‘enemy’ in true Orwellian fashion.
PS – Мнр Божнјн Хрнстос Се Родн !!!
War Is A Racket by Major General Smedly Butler
“It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”
Oliver North, he from the contra administration and contra scandal said not long ago,
“our money and their blood”
What you posted fits all NATO governments with some exceptions like Orban.
There is only one explanation that is total corruption, insanity or stupidity can not explain it. Never did we have such a band of war criminals running virtually all democracies in the western alliance the USA/NATO. How could a demented war monger become president after a deranged previous president and criminal presidents going way back? Money greased the wheels, what else could it be, they know what they are doing, no one can be that stupid? It is not just one government, see London, Berlin, Paris and Rome and the rest. How can all these so-called democracies end up with gangs of mafia type war criminals? We do know that Zelensky promised peace and with that he won the election, he cheated the voters, we also know that the CIA meddles in foreign nations elections too.
What causes the insanity if not money?
It’s some serious chutzpah to accuse the other side of violating a truce you openly rejected, but whatever works.
Don Julio, Zelensky needs volunteers to spill their blood to serve US interests,. since wars have been privatized and the pay is good, if you can’t volunteer maybe you have a son of age to volunteer. Zelensky will accept 13,14,15, year old teens to help fight the Russians.
Like Oliver North said, our money and their blood is the price to pay.
Have you even seen pictures of soldiers in Ukraine??? The one thing that sets this conflict apart from WWI, Korea and Vietnam is that the soldiers (on both sides) are on average much older than in most other conflicts we have seen – the Russians, (the Belarussians) and the Ukrainians have shown this in the callup age groups where they have included much older generations than we have ever seen before (up to 60 years).
If you have any documentation of very young soldiers please provide it.
Maybe you provide documentation to back up your assertions.
Sure no problem:
Wagner PMC 22-50:
So all parties going for older groups rather than the fairly small groups of younger aged men.
The photos of POW’s also have very few very young people among them none that I can identify as even just young teenagers:
And that proves what?
It does not really prove anything, but it does show that the official line is to recruit older age groups and not younger – if you are unable to provide any evidence that there are soldiers of younger groups 13-14-15 then my evidence strongly suggests that you are wrong.
Very young soldiers are often killed in larger numbers owing to their lower experience and higher risk taking behavior – so surely there would be pictures of such soldiers killed or taken prisoners – you still have not provided evidence for your assertion.
Putin forgot that Zelenskyy and his backup aren’t Christians. Jokes on him.
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