BEIJING, November 25. /TASS/. Beijing is paying special attention to the humanitarian situation in Ukraine amid the failure of the country's energy infrastructure, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Mao Ning said at a briefing on Friday.
"China's position on Ukraine has always been transparent. We have always attached great importance to the humanitarian situation in Ukraine," Mao Ning said, commenting on the electricity and water supply situation in the country. "We believe that cooling the situation through dialogue and negotiations is the first priority and the main way to solve the problems," she added.
Mao Ning expressed hope that the international community would play a constructive role in de-escalating the situation in Ukraine, "as China has always done."
On Wednesday, an air alert was declared throughout Ukraine, it lasted for more than two hours. There were reports of explosions and damage to infrastructure in Kiev, Lvov, Kharkov, Odessa, Dnepr, Nikolayev and other cities. The vast majority of Ukrainian residents were left without electricity. All three Kiev-controlled nuclear power plants in Khmelnitsky, South Ukraine, and Rovne were urgently disconnected from the power grid. Outages also affected most thermal and hydro power plants, while some electricity grid facilities sustained damage. The Ukrainian authorities promised to reconnect all three nuclear power plants to the grid by the end of Thursday, but so far only the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant’s first unit works at 50% capacity (500 MW), with its second unit operating at the minimum controlled power.