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Ukrainian President Zelensky holds 'meaningful' call with China's Xi Jinping

By Isabelle Khurshudyan and Christian Shepherd

26 Apr 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Following Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow last month, the Chinese leader spoke to his Ukrainian counterpart for the first time since the Russian invasion. The Post reports on the diplomatic implications.

KYIV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and China's Xi Jinping spoke by phone Wednesday - their first conversation since Russia invaded Ukraine 14 months ago and a signal that Beijing may be angling to play a mediating role.

China will send a special representative to Ukraine and other countries to hold talks with all parties on resolving the "crisis," Xi told Zelensky, according to a Chinese readout of the call.

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