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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy says China shouldn’t help Russia

CANBERRA, Australia – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Australian university students that China should not help Russia in its war against its homeland and at least remain neutral.

Zelensky addressed 21 Australian universities on Wednesday in an online discussion hosted by the Australian National University in Canberra. Asked about China’s stance by a student, Zelenskyy said he would prefer Beijing to join countries like the United States and Australia in condemning the Russian invasion that began in February.

“Right now China is in balance and actually has neutrality, and I’ll be honest, this neutrality is better than China’s accession to Russia,” Zelenskyy said through an interpreter from Ukraine.

“It is important for us that China does not help Russia,” Zelenskyy added.

In this photo provided by the Australian National University, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy appears on a screen during his online address at the university in Canberra, Australia, on Wednesday August 3, 2022. Selenskyj addresses 21 Australian universities National University in an online discussion hosted by the Australian.
Australian students heard about the Ukrainian leader at an online address hosted by the Australian National University.
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In this photo provided by the Press Office of the President of Ukraine, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, center, surrounded by ambassadors from various countries and UN officials, visits a port in Chornomork while grain is being loaded onto a Turkish ship, background , near Odessa, Ukraine, Friday, July 29, 2022.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits a port in Chornomork July 29, 2022 while grain is being loaded onto a Turkish ship.
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China has refused to criticize Russia’s war in Ukraine, or even call it an invasion out of deference to Moscow, while condemning US-led sanctions on Russia and accusing the West of provoking Moscow.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said imposing sanctions could act as a “double-edged sword” and the world community would suffer from the “politicization, mechanization and arming” of global economic trends and financial flows.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin address each other during their meeting in Beijing, China, February 4, 2022.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin address each other during their meeting in Beijing, China, February 4, 2022.
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A Ukrainian woman walks through the rubble of an apartment building in Mykolayiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, August 2, 2022, after a nighttime shelling. (AP Photo/Kostiantyn Liberov)
The Ukrainian President’s statements come as the war rages on in his country and areas like Mykolaiv, pictured here, continue to be hit by shells.
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Zelensky has addressed similar online university forums: in Canada in June and in Japan last month.

He thanked the Australian government for supporting Ukraine more than any other non-NATO country.

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