UPDATE 1-Biden says Putin looking for ‘oxygen’ with truce proposal
(Updates with Biden quotes)
WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden advised Vladimir Putin’s battle in Ukraine after 10 months of struggle and 1000’s of lives misplaced had prompted the Russian president to supply a 36-hour truce, saying, “I believe he is looking for some oxygen.”
The Kremlin mentioned Putin had ordered a ceasefire from noon on Friday after a name for a Christmas truce by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Ukraine spurned the ceasefire provide over Orthodox Christmas, saying there could be no truce till Russia withdraws its invading forces from occupied land.
Requested in regards to the proposed truce, Biden advised reporters on the White Home: “I am reluctant to answer something that Putin says. I discovered it attention-grabbing that he was keen to bomb hospitals and nurseries and church buildings … on the twenty fifth and New Yr’s. I imply, I believe he is looking for some oxygen.”
Putin’s ceasefire would start on Jan. 6, when many Orthodox Christians, together with these residing in Russia and Ukraine, rejoice Christmas. It will be the primary main truce of the greater than 10-month-old struggle that has claimed tens of 1000’s of lives and devastated giant swaths of Ukraine. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Steve Holland; writing by Susan Heavey and Kanishka Singh; Modifying by Howard Goller)
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