U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that calls from some nations for a cease-fire in Ukraine may very well be a “very cynical lure” that freezes the battle the place issues stand, permitting Russia to consolidate the territory it has illegally seized and “use the time to relaxation and refit after which reattack.” He made the remarks during a virtual session Tuesday. China in February referred to as for a cease-fire in Ukraine, whereas Russia made a unilateral name for a 36-hour cease-fire the earlier month over Orthodox Christmas.