Russian troops did not stop their attacks on 6 January, despite the "Christmas truce" announced by the Kremlin.
Source: Radio Liberty news agency, citing Serhii Haidai, the Head of Luhansk Oblast Military Administration
Quote: "As there were attacks, they remain, as there were attempts to attack our positions: they stay this way," said Haidai. "I think tomorrow the General Staff will announce the number of attacks that took place."
Details: Haidai believes that the motivation of Russia in announcing the so-called Christmas truce was the need for an operational pause and the desire to use the narrative that Ukraine is being treacherous by conducting hostilities on the day of a major religious holiday, and spread this message via propaganda outlets.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to implement a "ceasefire" for Christmas.
- Experts of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) suggested that by announcing the Christmas truce, Putin wants to damage Ukraine's reputation and seize the initiative on the battlefield.