Zelenskyy urges China’s Xi to help end Russia’s war in Ukraine

by | Aug 4, 2022 | World

Ukraine’s president calls for direct talks with Xi, says he has been asking for a conversation since the war began on February 24.Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appealed for direct talks with China’s Xi Jinping as he urged Beijing to use its political and economic influence on Russia to help end the war in his country.
Zelenskyy told the South China Morning Post (SCMP) in an interview published on Thursday that he has been asking for a conversation with the Chinese president since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February, but that one is yet to take place.
“I would like to talk directly. I had one conversation with [President] Xi Jinping that was a year ago,” he told the Hong Kong-based newspaper over Zoom. “Since the beginning of the large-scale aggression on February 24, we have asked officially for a conversation, but we [haven’t had] any conversation with China even though I believe that would be helpful.”
China, Russia’s most important ally, is yet to condemn what Russian President Vladimir Putin has called a “special military operation” in Ukraine, which he says is aimed at “denazifying” and demilitarising the country. The six-month conflict has killed at least 5,327 civilians in Ukraine and forced some 12 million people from their homes. The fighting has also prevented grain from leaving the country, which is known as “the breadbasket of the world”, worsening food shortages and driving price rises across the globe.
Zelenskyy and his Western allies have called Russia’s invasion a war of aggress …

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