Biden on ceasefire in Ukraine: Putin is ‘trying to find some oxygen’ | USA TODAY #Shorts

President Joe Biden was “reluctant to respond” when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering his armed forces to hold a 36-hour cease-fire in Ukraine to mark the Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday.

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It was not immediately clear whether hostilities would actually be halted. Ukrainian officials have previously dismissed Russian peace moves as ploys to regroup and prepare for more attacks.

Mykhailo Podolyak, a top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, appeared to dismiss the truce in a tweet: “RF (Russian Federation) must leave the occupied territories – only then will it have a “temporary truce”. Keep hypocrisy to yourself.”

President Joe Biden, asked about Putin’s cease fire, said he was “reluctant to respond to anything Putin says. … I think he’s trying to find some oxygen.”

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