On Tuesday, Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba called on China and other countries to pressure Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine.

The call came as Kuleba had a telephone discussion with China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi. His Chinese counterpart urged Kyiv to resolve the current crisis through negotiations with Moscow.

According to a readout of the phone call given by the Ukrainian foreign ministry, Wang said that China is ready to step up diplomatic efforts to help end the war in Ukraine, Reuters reported.

Kuleba emphasized that he needs more pressure from other governments put on Russia to stop its armed aggression; specifically its shelling into Ukrainian cities.

During the call, China’s diplomatic efforts and security issues for the Chinese community in Ukraine were also discussed.

Kuleba said that Ukraine agreed to ensure the safety of Chinese and other foreign citizens in the country.

The discussion was the most senior exchange since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion.

Since the invasion began, China is said to have evacuated about 1,000 individuals from Ukraine, according to the South China Morning Post on March 2.

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