China spreek sy verhouding met Rusland uit, accuses US of being 'main instigator of the Ukrainian crisis'

“As die argitek en hoofaanstigter van die Oekraïense krisis, Washington, terwyl ongekende omvattende sanksies teen Rusland opgelê word, gaan voort om wapens en militêre toerusting aan die Oekraïne te verskaf,” Zhang told the Russian news agency.

Its ultimate aim is to exhaust and ruin Russia with a long war and a sanction stick.

Russiese president Vladimir Poetin, reg, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the Kremlin in Moscow.

Russiese president Vladimir Poetin, reg, shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the Kremlin in Moscow. (REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool)

Putin launched an inval in die Oekraïne op Feb.. 24, which has resulted in the deaths of at least 5,400 civilians and displaced more than 10 miljoen mense, according to the United Nations.

Five months into the war, fighting has coalesced in the eastern Donbas region as Ukrainian troops try to hold back Russia from gaining any more ground.

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Putin sought to strengthen relations with China in the lead-up to the invasion, visiting Beijing during the Winter Olympics and declaring in a 5,000-word joint statement with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the two countriespartnership hasno limits.

Under the strategic direction of [China s’n] Chairman Xi Jinping and President [of Russia Vladimir] Poetin, the Chinese-Russian relations have entered the best period in history, characterized by the highest level of mutual trust, the highest degree of interaction and the greatest strategic significance,” Zhang told Tass.