China's envoy to visit Ukraine, Russia and 3 European countries from Monday

China's foreign ministry says the country's special representative for Eurasian affairs will visit Ukraine, Russia and three other countries from Monday.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Friday that Ambassador Li Hui will visit the five countries to discuss "a political settlement to the Ukraine crisis."

Li long served as China's ambassador to Russia. He is due to tour Ukraine, Poland, France, Germany and Russia.

Wang said the trip is "another manifestation" that Beijing is committed to peace talks, and fully demonstrates that "China firmly stands on the side of peace."

The spokesperson added that China is willing to continue to play a constructive role in seeking a political settlement to the situation in Ukraine.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is said to have shared a plan to send an envoy when he talked with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy by phone last month.

Xi has been quoted as telling Zelenskyy that China will cooperate with Ukraine, and make efforts for an early ceasefire and the restoration of peace.