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Ukraine war

China issues fresh call for cease-fire in year-old Ukraine war

Beijing abstains from U.N. vote calling on ally Russia to withdraw forces

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, and China's Director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi speak before a meeting in Moscow on Feb. 22.    © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- China on Friday issued fresh calls for a Ukraine war cease-fire on the conflict's first anniversary, even as it abstained from a U.N. vote demanding that Russia withdraw its forces.

The move comes on the back of U.S.-led claims that Beijing is set to supply arms to Moscow, which Beijing has dismissed and instead blamed Washington for "pouring weapons into the battlefield," in an increasingly hostile exchange between the rival nations.

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