Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to hold direct talks, noting Beijing hasnt replied to such requests since Russia invaded his country some five months ago. 

The last time the pair spoke was one year ago, Zelenskiy told the South China Morning Post in an interview published Thursday. Since Russias invasion on Feb. 24, he said the Ukrainian side had asked officially for a conversation with Xi but hadnt received a response. Such a dialog, he added, would be helpful.