Ukraine will not accept loss of territory, foreign minister tells Chinese envoy

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has told a Chinese envoy that his country will not accept a peace proposal that involves ceding territory to Russia.

Ukraine's foreign ministry announced on Wednesday that Kuleba met the Chinese government's Special Representative Li Hui, who is in charge of Eurasian affairs.

Li was on a two-day visit to Ukraine in keeping with an agreement made last month by phone between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The ministry said Kuleba briefed Li on the principles of restoring a sustainable and just peace based on respect for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

It added that he also emphasized that Ukraine does not accept any proposals that would involve loss of its territory or freezing the conflict.

China issued a document in February urging Ukraine and Moscow to hold dialogue and work on a ceasefire.

But the paper does not call for withdrawing Russian troops from Ukraine.

Kuleba apparently warned China, which remains close to Russia, not to push ahead with peace talks in a way that would benefit Moscow.

China's foreign ministry says Li is also scheduled to visit Poland, France, Germany and Russia.