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Chinese special envoy visits Ukraine: Briefed on frontline situation

Chinese special envoy visits Ukraine: Briefed on frontline situation Yermak held a briefing for China's Special Representative (Photo:
Author: Daria Shekina

Li Hui, Special Representative of the Chinese Government for Eurasian Affairs arrived on a visit to Ukraine on Thursday, March 7th. Head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak held a briefing for the Chinese delegation on the security situation in Ukraine and other relevant issues, according to the Office of the President of Ukraine.

As noted, Li Hui's visit marks his second to Ukraine since the onset of Russia's full-scale invasion. The trip is made pursuant to previous bilateral agreements reached during a phone call between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 26, 2023.

"We value our partnership with China and hope that today's talks will be another step towards deepening and strengthening our relations," Yermak emphasized.

As part of maintaining regular dialogue, the Chinese delegation was briefed on the situation on the battlefield, the functioning of the grain corridor, the return of prisoners of war, the protection of the rights of civilian hostages, and the repatriation of Ukrainian children deported by Russia.

Additionally, the Chinese delegation was shown samples of debris from a downed missile of North Korean origin and other elements of weapons systems that have been transferred to and used by Russia for attacks on Ukrainian territory.

Moreover, instances of gross violations by Russia of the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners were highlighted during the meeting. The Chinese side was also informed about Ukraine's efforts to repatriate illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and deported children.

Furthermore, meetings were held between Yermak, Minister of Economy Yulia Svyrydenko, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba with the Chinese special representative.

During the meetings, prospects for achieving a just peace for Ukraine, and restoring territorial integrity and sovereignty based on the Ukrainian Peace Formula, were discussed.

Questions were also raised about the potential assistance from the Chinese side in ending the forcible deportation of Ukrainian children, prisoner exchanges, demilitarization and de-occupation of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, guaranteeing nuclear security, and other international initiatives of Ukraine.

Yermak briefed on measures to implement the Peace Formula and preparations for the first Global Peace Summit to be held in Switzerland. The Head of the Office of the President emphasized the importance of as broad support as possible from all countries worldwide for the Ukrainian Peace Formula.

Li Hui's tour

It was previously announced that Chinese Special Representative Li Hui would visit Ukraine, Poland, Germany, France, and Russia. His tour began on March 2nd.

The Chinese diplomat has already visited Russia and Brussels. Li Hui discussed Russia's war against Ukraine, referring to it as the "Ukrainian crisis."

Against the backdrop of the special representative's tour, the Chinese Foreign Minister stated that Beijing supports the convening of a peace conference on Ukraine.

Li Hui also visited Poland, where he discussed Ukraine with Polish diplomats.