[국제]China, who said ‘Russia will not invade’, could not evacuate 6,000 of its citizens

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China had planned to launch a charter plane to evacuate the 6,000 remaining citizens of Ukraine, but it is not easy.

China has been belatedly having a hard time denying the Russian invasion rumor itself as ‘fake news’ made by the US.

Correspondent Kang Seong-woong reports from Beijing.

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Ambassador Pan Xianlong, who remains at the Chinese embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, posted a video on social media.

[판셴룽 / 주 우크라이나 중국 대사 : 매일 경보음과 폭발음 그리고 총과 대포 소리가 끊이지 않고 있고 그때마다 지하실로 대피하고 있습니다.]

Currently, there are about 6,000 Chinese in Ukraine.

The Chinese embassy did not issue an evacuation order for its citizens even after the Russian invasion began.

As the situation worsened, the Chinese government hurriedly announced plans to evacuate by chartered plane, but it was already too late.

This is because it has become difficult to launch a civil aircraft in an urgent situation where missiles and shells are flying.

[판셴룽 / 주 우크라이나 중국 대사 : 반드시 안전할 때까지 기다렸다가 다시 갑시다. 이렇게 해야 모두 안심을 할 수 있다.]

The local Chinese embassy posted and deleted a notice on the first day of the invasion stating that it would be safe to put a Chinese flag on the vehicle.

Posts harassing Ukrainian women were also uploaded on Chinese social media and became a problem, so they asked their citizens to refrain.

[판셴룽 / 주 우크라이나 중국 대사 : 그들(우크라이나인)의 심정을 이해해야 합니다. 그 사람들을 자극하면 안 됩니다.]

Earlier, the Chinese government underestimated the possibility of a war even just before a Russian invasion.

The United States gave warnings as time went on, but China did not believe it and rather criticized the United States.

[왕원빈 / 중국 외교부 대변인 / 지난 17일 : 가짜 뉴스를 퍼뜨리고 긴장을 조성하는 것은 우크라이나 문제의 해결에 도움이 안 됩니다.]

As a result, some analysts say that China did not fully understand Russia’s intentions or plans for aggression.

China has chosen to cooperate with Russia to fight the United States, and it is paying the price after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

This is Sungwoong Kang from YTN in Beijing.

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