Russia has announced a temporary ceasefire in Ukraine on Jan. 6 and 7 for Orthodox Christmas, according to the Kremlin. But a Ukrainian presidential adviser called the announcement "hypocrisy" and said Russia must leave occupied territory first.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart on Thursday that Moscow is open to “serious dialogue” regarding Ukraine, but Kyiv must accept “new territorial realities,” according to the Kremlin. Turkey called for a ceasefire during the call.
Russia is focusing its offensive action toward the cities of Lyman, Bakhmut and Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian military. More than 60% of Bakhmut is now destroyed, a Ukrainian official said.