Ukraine conflict: Kiev and Moscow blame each other as Putin’s truce unravels

A unilateral ceasefire declared by Russia appears to have had little effect on fighting on the ground, with officials accusing each other of opening fire in several areas.

A Ukrainian rescue worker was killed in a Russian strike, according to Russian state television, and the city of Donetsk was also hit.

Russia declared a 36-hour unilateral cease-fire to coincide with Orthodox Christmas.

Ukraine rejected it, claiming that Moscow might use it to reinforce troops.

Russia’s defense ministry insisted on observing the cease-fire along the entire “line of contact” beginning at 12:00 Moscow time (09:00 GMT) on Friday. It blamed Kiev for continuing to shell Russian positions and settlements in occupied Ukraine.


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