Ukraine claims attacks continue after Russia-China meeting

Putin and Xi Jinping have reached economic agreements, but there has been no change regarding the war in Ukraine.

"Every time someone tries to hear the word 'peace' in Moscow, another order is given there for such criminal strikes," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted hours after his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, left the Russian capital Wednesday morning.

The highest authorities of China and Russia discussed their common agenda for three days in what was touted as a "peace trip" by Beijing Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin. As a result, they issued a joint statement in which they pledged to strengthen cooperation and announced the construction of a 1,600-mile-long gas pipeline. Regarding the Ukraine conflict, Putin said that the Chinese peace plan could be the basis for a deal, provided the West and Kiev agree, reports BBC.

The Ukrainian president also defended the economic sanctions imposed on Moscow, which Jinping expressly opposes, and denounced attacks against civilians in Zaporizhzhia, one of the points emphasized by China in its position on the political settlement of the Ukraine Crisis:

Protecting civilians and prisoners of war (POWs): Parties to the conflict should strictly abide by international humanitarian law, avoid attacking civilians or civilian facilities, protect women, children and other victims of the conflict, and respect the basic rights of POWs.

Waiting for a call

Zelensky's phone has been ringing off the hook since the conflict began. During these past few months, he has spoken with numerous international leaders and has been visited by many foreign dignitaries, including Joe Biden. In recent days, he has received calls from, among others, the prime ministers of Ireland, the Netherlands and Austria, but he has not yet received any attempt at communication from Beijing as he had hoped.