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Newsline: Russian, Ukrainian, French, UK embassies turn to Chinese Twitter-like Weibo for statements on Ukraine

With the sudden announcement of Russia recognizing “the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR)” and “the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR)” as independent and sovereign states, the Ukraine Embassy to China released a statement concerning the issue in Chinese, bringing the issue to a top trending topic on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo. Ukraine Embassy’s remarks were followed by statements from a number of other embassies including Russia, France and the UK. Chinese netizens were fascinated and said they couldn’t believe Weibo has become a platform of court hearings for international affairs. The Ukrainian Embassy to China said in a statement on Weibo that Ukraine condemns Russia’s recognition of the independence of the LPR and DPR, calling it a serious violation of the UN Charter and Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. Following Ukraine’s statement, the embassy of Russia in China posted that Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the Executive Orders on the Recognition of “DPR” and “LPR,” and inked Treaties of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between Russia and the two parties. (https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202202/1252915.shtml) Following the announcements, a number of embassies of European countries in China, including France and the UK, also issued statements on Weibo calling for emergency meeting of the UN Security Council and the sanctions and reactions toward Russia.

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