Ukrainian President Zelenskyy calls on US, China leaders to join peace summit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the US and Chinese leaders to join in an upcoming international peace conference, asking them to show their leadership to bring about "real peace."

Zelenskyy seeks to use the gathering to be held in Switzerland next month to realize a peace plan he advocates. He says more than 80 countries will attend the summit.

Zelenskyy said he is appealing to the world leaders who still stand aside from the global efforts of the summit.

He named US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, and asked them to show their leadership "in advancing the peace -- the real peace and not just a pause between the strikes."

Zelenskyy added, "Please support the Peace Summit with your personal leadership and participation."

Topics that the Ukrainian president wants to be discussed at the summit include prisoner swaps with Russia, energy and nuclear security, and the return of children taken to Russia.

Russia continued attacking Ukraine's second largest city, Kharkiv, in the eastern part of the country, with missiles and other means.

On Saturday, a busy commercial facility in the city suffered an attack using guided bombs, leaving at least 16 people dead, including a 12-year-old girl, according to the local governor.

Zelenskyy spoke about the attack in a video which he said was filmed in Kharkiv, and released on Sunday. In front of a damaged printing company, he said that every day and every night, the Russian army is attacking the city where more than 1 million people live.

Zelenskyy condemned the attacks, saying that Russian aviation comes close to the Ukrainian border and launches bombs straight on the city.