Former Chinese Ambassador to Ukraine Indulges in Rare Criticism of Putin's War

Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, China, an ally of Moscow, has refrained from condemning this war. This Tuesday, a former Chinese ambassador to Ukraine, Gao Yusheng, allowed himself a rare criticism of Vladimir Putin during an online seminar, indicates The Guardian.

His comments were first reported by a Chinese media outlet, Phoenix News, before being taken down. But a former US State Department official, David Cowhig, made a translation that is still accessible. According to the latter, Gao Yusheng stationed in Ukraine between 2005 and 2007 used a serious tone. “After the outbreak of the war, the situation in Ukraine has fundamentally changed. The country is united in its resistance to Russia and its salvation. It can be said that Russia has completely lost Ukraine. The failure of the blitzkrieg failure to achieve a quick result indicates that Russia is beginning to fail.he commented, according to the latter.

In his speech, the diplomat attributed the cause of this failure “to the process of decline” which has affected the country since the fall of the Soviet Union. “The so-called renaissance or revitalization of Russia under Putin’s leadership is false; it simply does not exist. Russia’s decline is evident in its economic, military, technological, political and social spheres, and has had a serious negative impact on the Russian military and its war effort”, he formulated, according to the translation of the American official.

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