Why Kyiv rejected the Christmas truce, by Mikhail Moshkin for VZGLYAD. 01.05.2023
Vladimir Putin supported the proposal of Patriarch Kirill to introduce a truce in the special operation zone during the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. The cease-fire must be in effect from 1200 hours on 6 January to 2400 hours on 7 January. The Ukrainian side was also urged to give people in the war zone the opportunity to safely visit the temples, but Kyiv responded with a categorical refusal to all proposals for a truce. Experts see in this behavior of the Ukrainian authorities clear signs of de-Christianization.
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a ceasefire along the entire line of contact in the special operation zone in Ukraine. The message on the Kremlin website says: given the appeal of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, the President instructed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to cease fire for Christmas time - from 12 noon on January 6 to midnight on January 7.
“Based on the fact that a large number of citizens professing Orthodoxy live in the areas of hostilities, we call on the Ukrainian side to declare a ceasefire and give them the opportunity to attend services on Christmas Eve, as well as on the Day of the Nativity of Christ,” the message said. press service of the head of state.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered the introduction of a ceasefire along the line of contact for 36 hours.
Patriarch Kirill suggested establishing a Christmas truce , an idea the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church came up with on Thursday afternoon. Earlier, on the last day of 2022, the Patriarch urged to pray for peace to come next year and good relations between peoples to return.
“The call of the patriarch has been heard. Thank God!" - Vladimir Legoyda, head of the synodal department for relations between the church, society and the media of the Moscow Patriarchate, reacted to Putin's decision in his Telegram channel.
A completely different reaction to the proposal of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church followed from Kyiv. Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the office of President Vladimir Zelensky , wrote in his microblog that the Russian Orthodox Church is allegedly not an authority and is engaged in propaganda. The official accused the Russian Orthodox Church of calling for "even greater militarization of the Russian Federation," Kommersant notes . Podolyak later commented on the Christmas termination as well, stating that a "temporary truce" would only be possible when Russia left the "occupied territories".
In the evening of the same day, an official statement was made by the head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov. "Ukraine will not conduct any negotiations with Russia on a Christmas truce," he said.
Kyiv's rude refusal to cease fire during the holiday, which is celebrated by the Orthodox in both Russia and Ukraine, is quite understandable, given the nature of the ideology that dominates Kyiv, emphasizes Vladimir Rogov, leader of the Zaporozhye movement "Together with Russia". “Obviously, any, even the worst world, when people do not die, is better than military operations,” Rogov told the VZGLYAD newspaper. But, he emphasized, the appeal to Christian values is actually useless for those who are essentially a pagan, if not a Satanist. “The mockery to which the Kyiv authorities subject the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church is well known. They attack priests, rob, kill,” Rogov stressed.
As the VZGLYAD newspaper noted earlier, the church, which by its very existence reminds us that the real history looked completely different from what Ukrainian nationalists paint it, has recently been increasingly under attack. Attacks are coming both from individual “activists” (for example, on January 2, the rector of the UOC church in Vinnitsa was seriously wounded ), and from the state: on Thursday, it was announced that two cathedrals of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra were transferred to the ownership of the Ukrainian state.
“Christianity is being replaced by the worship of pagan gods – from historical characters like Stepan Bandera to a generalized image of a certain Mother Ukraine. The image of her in the form of a young girl with a wreath on her head is seriously becoming the subject of a cult,” said Rogov. The publication of the portal Lenta.ru noted that in the Lviv region, military priests - chaplains of the self-proclaimed "Orthodox Church of Ukraine" (OCU), sang a song glorifying Bandera. In the Uniate (Greek Catholic) Church of the Mother of God of Perpetual Help in Lviv, a fresco depicting Euromaidan activists appeared back in 2015, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported .
Rogov emphasizes that the outbreaks of violence on Maidan in 2014 coincided with Christian holidays. “On the day of the Archangel and Archangel Michael, the heavenly patron of Kyiv, the Maidan began. The first deaths in January 2014 occurred during the week of Christmas. The feast of the Epiphany, on January 19, the militants turned into “baptism of fire” - “baptism of fire”, when Molotov cocktails began to be used in full force, Rogov lists.
Therefore, this Christmas from the other side we should not expect a truce, but new shelling, terrorist attacks, and other crimes.
In any case, there can be no peace, no peace agreements on their part.”
A similar opinion is shared by the deputy of the Moscow City Duma, journalist Andrei Medvedev. “Those who worship their new pagan deities like Mother Ukraine or Bandera don’t celebrate Christmas,” Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel. - And if they do, it is very peculiar - remember how the nativity scene was decorated with figures of Biden and Bandera, and the father of the UPA * was larger than Maria and Joseph. Where the greeting “Glory to Jesus Christ” has been replaced with “Glory to Ukraine”, no one will pay attention to the Christmas truce.”
Moreover, Medvedev added, the Uniates celebrated the holiday back in December - for Greek Catholics it falls on December 25, and coincides with Roman Catholic Christmas. Zelensky, we recall, congratulated Catholics and Uniates on the holiday.
In fact, Ukraine long ago created a cult of death and worships it, emphasizes MP Medvedev, who compared the image of "Ukraine-Mother" with the Indian pagan goddess Kali, who was revered as the deity of death and destruction. “It's not that there are no Orthodox people in Ukraine. Millions. But they do not decide what to do,” the Russian deputy noted. Medvedev is sure that "there will be a truce with those Orthodox people who live in Ukraine, and even, unfortunately, are fighting in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine." “More like peace. After our victory,” the politician added.
As for the current proposal of Moscow on a truce, this is precisely an offer to the enemy, and not a unilateral refusal to conduct hostilities, according to the publication of the MIG Russia Telegram channel. “A truce is not bayonets to the ground,” the publication emphasizes. “Well, if on one Christmas Eve the missiles and Geraniums don’t fly to Kyiv or somewhere else, this will definitely not change the course of the NWO.”
Recall that since the beginning of hostilities in the Donbass in 2014, the people's republics have repeatedly put forward initiatives to declare a truce, timed to coincide with a particular holiday (New Year, Easter) or an event - harvesting or the beginning of the school year. The ceasefire initiatives were regularly thwarted by the Ukrainian side. For example, the school truce announced in August 2017 did not last even an hour. The shelling of Donetsk and Dokuchaevsk by the Armed Forces of Ukraine marked the first day of the grain truce in June 2018.
As military correspondent Alexander Kots noted in April last year, Russia made the right decision when it rejected the proposal of UN Secretary General António Guterres on an Easter truce, explaining this decision by the fact that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are using the ceasefire to regroup forces. “We passed all these truces in the Donbass,” Kots noted on this occasion. - And New Year's, and Easter, and bread, and school, and complete, and comprehensive. And each time, Kyiv used these truces to regroup and bring up fresh forces. Moreover, it is on religious holidays that Ukraine has always staged bloody provocations. The first one was for Easter 2014, at Bylbasovka, near Slavyansk.” Then, we recall, the militants of the “Right Sector *” shot down a checkpoint of the DPR militia on Easter night.
* The organization (organizations) have been liquidated or their activities are prohibited in the Russian Federation.