Russia Welcomes China’s Peace Proposal—Attacks Ukraine One Day Later
Ukraine was struck by another Russian missile and drone attack on March 22. The attacks came less than 24 hours after Russia and China released a joint statement on the Ukraine issue, following Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping’s trip to Moscow.
Rjychtchiv: During the night, 21 Iran-made Shahed-136 drones were deployed from Russia’s Bryansk region and struck a high school in the town of Rjychtchiv, just south of Ukraine’s capital.
- Ukrainian antiaircraft defense shot down 16 of the drones.
- One of the remaining drones struck two of the Rjychtchiv high school’s dormitories and destroyed a portion of the school itself.
- A fire broke out on campus and engulfed over 358 square yards, or nearly three football fields’ worth, of property.
- Individuals were rescued from the rubble, but at least seven people were killed.
Zaporixhxhia: Later in the day, an apartment complex in Ukraine’s southern city of Zaporixhxhia was hit by a Russian missile. The missile struck in broad daylight and started a fire, killing at least one resident and wounding 25 others, including children.
Moscow: On March 21, the day before the attacks, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping released a joint statement titled “Deepening the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Coordination for the New Era and Stress Settling the Ukraine Crisis Through Dialogue.”
Putin even made a statement showing approval for China’s Ukraine proposal:
We believe that many of the provisions of the peace plan put forward by China are in tune with Russian approaches and can be taken as the basis for a peaceful settlement when they are ready for that in the West and in Kyiv. However, so far, we see no such readiness from their side.
China’s 12-point peace proposal for how to end Russia’s war is ambiguous and leaves some of the points open for interpretation. This allows China to keep professing an “impartial” position on the war while Russia can welcome the plan as a “basis for a peaceful settlement.”
Massacrist: Russia’s ceaseless attacks on Ukraine are consistently threatening more and more civilian lives. These most recent attacks did not advance military goals, nor did they target Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. The attacks were directed at civilian residences. They were acts of terrorism. No matter how many times Putin claims to act in the name of peace, he continues to massacre ordinary, unsuspecting people.
Putin looks so innocent. It’s even hard for him to look mean. But your Bible prophesies that he will be responsible for more deaths than any leader in man’s history!
—Gerald Flurry, Trumpet editor in chief