The Ukrainian foreign minister met with a Chinese envoy: “We do not accept any proposal that implies the loss of territory”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. TT News Agency/Christine Olsson via REUTERS (TT NEWS AGENCY/)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kulebamet in kyiv today with Chinese special envoy Li Huiwhich he informed that Ukraine will not accept a peace plan that involves a loss of territory.

As the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry recalled in a statement, Li’s trip occurs in compliance with the agreement reached between the presidents Volodimir Zelensky and Xi Jinping in a telephone conversation on April 26.

During the meeting with Kuleba, both sides discussed bilateral relations between Ukraine and China, as well as ways to stop Russian aggression, according to the note.

Kuleba briefed Li “in detail” on the principles “for the restoration of a stable and just peace based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine” and emphasized that “Ukraine does not accept any proposal that implies the loss of its territories or the freezing of the conflict.”

The minister also pointed out the importance of China’s participation in the “Peace Formula” presented by Zelensky, as well as in the grain corridor initiative in the Black Sea and as a guarantor of nuclear security.

After Kiev, the Chinese representative for Eurasian affairs is expected to visit Berlin, Paris and Warsaw and, at the end of the month, travel to Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported yesterday.

Ukrainian soldiers fire a cannon near Bakhmuth, an eastern Ukrainian city where heavy fighting has taken place with Russian forces, in the Donestk region of Ukraine, Monday, May 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Libkos)
Ukrainian soldiers fire a cannon near Bakhmut, an eastern Ukrainian city where heavy fighting has taken place with Russian forces, in the Donestk region, Ukraine, Monday, May 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Libkos) (LIBKOS/)

Russia suffered more than 200,000 casualties since the start of the invasion

The Armed Forces of Ukraine said on Wednesday that the number of Russian fighters “liquidated” since the beginning of the invasion, unleashed at the end of February 2022 by order of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putinhas passed the threshold of 200,000, figure much higher than that recognized by Moscow.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army said in a message on its account on the social network Facebook that “around 200,590 people have been killed”, including 610 in the combats registered during the last 24 hours, which have the city of Bakhmut (east). as epicenter.

Likewise, the report specifies that since the beginning of the attacks they have been destroyed 3,771 battle tanks, 3,166 artillery systems, 318 air defense systems, 308 aircraft, 294 helicopters, 2,748 drones, 982 cruise missiles, 18 boats, 6,067 vehicles and fuel tanks, and 417 pieces of “special equipment.”

In addition, according to the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Major General Kyrylo Budanovthe offensive potential of the Russian forces “is completely exhausted; they now have serious defense potential. It’s true. They built a staggered, correct and powerful defense. But this is no longer the Russian army that could carry out serious offensive operations.”

He pointed out that Russia directly involves in the hostilities on the territory of Ukraine a military force of almost 370,000 troops, as well as approximately 20,000 members of the National Guard and around 7,000 members of various paramilitary formations.

Russia has not provided data on casualties in the conflict since September, when the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, confirmed the death of 5,937 soldiers.

(With information from EFE)

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