Putin, Xi vow to deepen ties, Russia fires several missiles at Ukraine


Putin and Xi did not directly mention Ukraine during their bilateral talks via video conference but noted the strengthening of ties between Moscow and Beijing amid “geopolitical tensions” and a “difficult international situation”. Appreciated.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Friday to further deepen their bilateral cooperation amid the 10-month war in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russia continued to attack Ukraine with drones and rockets on Thursday night and in the early hours of Friday. Putin and Xi did not directly mention Ukraine during their bilateral talks via video conference but noted the strengthening of ties between Moscow and Beijing amid “geopolitical tensions” and a “difficult international situation”. Appreciated. Putin said, “In the face of growing geopolitical tensions, the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership is expanding.”

In the talks, Putin expressed his desire to increase military cooperation. Putin invited Xi to visit Moscow in the spring. “Such a visit will demonstrate to the whole world the strength of Russian-Chinese relations on key issues, becoming the main political event of the year in bilateral relations,” he said. During the talks with Xi, Putin said that their countries Military cooperation has a “special place” in relations between Putin said Russia’s aim was to “strengthen cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.” Xi, through his interpreter, called for China to “enhance strategic cooperation with Russia, provide each other with opportunities for development.” ready to become a global partner for the benefit of the people of both countries and in the interest of stability around the world.

Relations between Russia and China have steadily strengthened since Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24. Last week, Moscow and Beijing held joint naval exercises in the East China Sea. In Ukraine, officials said on Thursday the death toll rose in a Russian missile attack on an energy center and other vital targets. It was the deadliest attack by Russian security forces in weeks. Four people were killed in the attack, according to Kirylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office.

Ukraine’s military said on Friday that the Russian military fired a total of 85 missiles and carried out 35 airstrikes in the past 24 hours, targeting important centers of Ukraine. The army report said that Russia also carried out 63 attacks with multiple launch rocket systems. Ukraine’s air force said that after the missile attack on Thursday morning, the Russian military carried out strikes with Iran-made Shahed-131/136 drones on Thursday night and early Friday. The Air Force said all the drones were downed. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the attacks were targeted at the capital.

According to Klitschko, of the seven kamikaze drones that flew towards the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, two were downed on the edge of the city and five in Kyiv. In addition, attacks were also carried out in Donetsk, Luhansk province, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv provinces in the north and Zaporizhia and Kherson in the south. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address that Russia has not abandoned its intention to capture Donetsk. Zelensky warned the people of Ukraine that Russian military forces could intensify attacks in the new year.

He said, “There are two days left of this year. Perhaps the enemies will once again try to make us celebrate the New Year in the dark. They are preparing to attack our cities.” Zelensky said, “Whatever their plans, we know one thing about ourselves that we will survive. We will drive them out. There is no doubt about it. They will be punished for this terrible war. ”Alina Verbitskaya, Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights of the Defenders of Ukraine, said on Friday that 3,392 Ukrainian soldiers are under Russian occupation. Verbitskaya told that 15000 people have been declared missing.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.



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