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Ukraine Latest: Ongoing Fighting in East Despite Christmas Pause

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Russia's Putin Calls for 36-Hour Cease-Fire in Ukraine
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Kremlin forces shelled Ukrainian positions in eastern Ukraine with mortars and artillery despite Russia’s unilateral 36-hour truce set to run through Saturday, Ukraine’s general staff said in an evening update. The brief cease-fire called by Russian President Vladimir Putin was to coincide with the Orthodox Christmas holiday. Russia said earlier its troops repelled Ukrainian offensives in the Donetsk region.