China announced on Wednesday that it will send $790,000 in humanitarian supplies to war-torn Ukraine, with the first shipment already on its way, despite the fact that it has yet to condemn Russia’s invasion of the country.
China has frequently blamed NATO’s “eastward expansion” for escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, echoing Moscow’s top security concern while refusing to criticize Moscow’s decision to move soldiers across the border.
The first supplies of 44 million dollars of aid to China were dispatched a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping told his French and German counterparts that China was “deeply pained” by the commencement of war in Europe, according to the foreign ministry.
“The Red Cross Society of China will deliver a batch of humanitarian supplies… including food and daily essentials, worth five million yuan ($792,000) at the request of the Ukrainian side,” ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters.
During his Tuesday video summit with France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Olaf Scholz, Xi also urged “utmost prudence” to prevent a “humanitarian crisis.”
Russian troops have moved into Ukraine on many fronts since their entry on February 24, bombarding key cities and forcing large-scale evacuations.
Around 2.2 million migrants have crossed Ukraine’s borders as a result of the conflict, making it Europe’s fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II and raising worries of a larger conflict.
Zhao told reporters Wednesday that NATO’s expansion had pushed things to a “breaking point.”