After Russia announced a ceasefire in Ukraine for a period of 36 hours starting at midnight Friday, European Council President Charles Michel stressed that the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine is the only option to restore peace and security.
And the European official, in his Twitter account, considered that Russia’s statement on a unilateral ceasefire was “a lie and hypocrisy.”
He said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Thursday call for a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine was “hypocritical” because the only way Russia could restore peace was to withdraw its troops from the country.
Thus, the position was supported by the Ukrainian side of the truce, which confirmed that the Russian ceasefire cannot be taken seriously.
He also demanded that Kyiv withdraw from the lands under his control before talking about a “temporary truce.”
The first truce of its kind
It is noteworthy that Russia on Thursday announced a truce in Ukraine for a period of 36 hours, starting at midnight Friday.
Putin ordered a ceasefire in Ukraine for several hours
The ceasefire will begin to operate on all lines of contact between the two sides in Ukraine, starting from 12:00 (09:00 Moscow time) on January 6 this year until 24:00 (21:00 Moscow time) 19:00. January 7, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On the other hand, Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the director of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that a temporary truce with Russia can only take place if it leaves the territories under its control, calling the agreement “hypocrisy.”
It is noteworthy that this is the first such truce since the beginning of the Russian military operation on the territory of the western neighbor in February last year.