China urges all parties to engage in dialogue, negotiation to achieve ceasefire

China has urged efforts toward a peaceful end to the fighting in Ukraine, after pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine unilaterally decided to hold referendums on joining Russia.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters on Wednesday that China respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries.

He added that every country's reasonable security concerns should be valued, and all efforts conducive to resolving the crisis peacefully should be supported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested in a televised address that Russia is ready to use its nuclear force.

Wang said China has been urging all parties to engage in dialogue and negotiation to achieve a ceasefire and to quickly find a way to address the security concerns of all parties.

He expressed hope that the international community would create an environment to make that possible.

Wang declined to comment in detail about Putin's announcement of partial mobilization, saying China has already made clear its stance on the Ukraine issue.