After over 10 months of waging war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin felt like proposing a ceasefire. You must be wondering, oh wow, what a change, are we nearing an end to the war? With Putin in charge, the answer is nope. Putin suggested a ceasefire for 36 hours on all lines of conflict with Ukraine citing Orthodox Christmas celebrations.
But wait we are in January, Christmas was in December…? Did we not celebrate Christmas already? Yes, we did.
Which countries celebrate Orthodox Christmas? Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine are some countries that celebrate Christmas on January 7 and it is also a public holiday.
What's the difference? It all goes back to two calendars, just like in India we have a very different "Hindu calendar" also called the Panchanga.
Our #calendar* is more than 2000yrs old. Quite old for a calendar, so I decided it's time to redesign it. What would your reinvented calendar look like? 📅 I start:🧵— Milan Klöwer (@milankloewer) January 4, 2023
*okay the Julian calendar is (45BC), but it only differs in leap years from the Gregorian (1582) most use today. pic.twitter.com/i384ve66G3
Why was it switched? According to the Time and Date website the old Julian calendar was inaccurate in its calculation of the actual time it took Earth to rotate around the Sun once. Its calculation of the leap day was also too frequent. Hence, a more accurate calendar was drawn by Pope Gregory, though it is not completely accurate.
Back to Russia's ceasefire proposal: So, Putin proposed the idea, but Ukraine did not take it up.
But of course, Ukraine has reasons not to believe the Kremlin, after all, they bombed the hell out of the country when people were celebrating Christmas on December 25. So, Putin doesn't really care about the civilians, their celebrations, or the churches in Ukraine.
Ukraine celebrated Christmas on Dec 25: Before the 2022 war, Ukraine, like Russia used to celebrate Christmas on January 7, but not last year. Ukraine celebrated Christmas 2022 on December 25 breaking away from tradition to make a point to Russia.
Light and hope will prevail even without electricity.— Ukraine / Україна (@Ukraine) December 24, 2022
Merry Christmas 🎄 & #StandWithUkraine
Art by @grekhov pic.twitter.com/9PeMKCLlOS
Ukraine and Russia's Church link: You see, Ukraine and Russia and their major churches have been linked for a long time. But the 2022 invasion served as a breaking point for all such religious links.
Russia's Orthodox Church: Russia's 76-year-old spiritual leader Patriach Kirill is an influential man, who prompted Putin to call for the ceasefire. He is the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and a vocal supporter of Putin and his war in Ukraine. That's why he's important.
Propaganda: Ukraine and its allies allege the ceasefire proposal is just propaganda. The reasons for it are the following:
First. Ukraine doesn't attack foreign territory & doesn't kill civilians. As RF does. Ukraine destroys only members of the occupation army on its territory...— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) January 5, 2023
Second. RF must leave the occupied territories - only then will it have a "temporary truce". Keep hypocrisy to yourself.