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Russians prepare terrorist attacks in churches in occupied territories for Christmas – Minister

Friday, 6 January 2023, 11:37
Russians prepare terrorist attacks in churches in occupied territories for Christmas – Minister

Iryna Vereshchuk, the Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, has warned fellow citizens that the Russians are preparing terrorist attacks in the temples of the temporarily occupied territories for Orthodox Christmas.

Source: Press office of the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories, quoting Vereshchuk

Quote: "There is information that the Russians are preparing terrorist attacks in churches in the temporarily occupied territories for Orthodox Christmas."

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Details: The minister called on citizens to be careful and, if possible, to refrain from visiting crowded places. "Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Wait for the Armed Forces," Vereshchuk added.

Background:

  • On 5 January, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to implement a ceasefire for Christmas.
  • Mykhailo Podoliak, Advisor to the Head of the President's Office, commenting on Putin's statement, stressed that a "temporary truce" can only begin when the Russian aggressor leaves the territory of Ukraine.
  • Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, said that Ukraine would not hold any negotiations with Russia regarding the so-called Christmas ceasefire.
  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Vladimir Putin was using the so-called "truce" to stop the advance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the country's east.

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