Putin furious as China allies turn against him and would never attack Ukraine

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Russian president Vladimir Putin is reportedly furious after another close ally has turned against him.

Ukrainian media quoted Fan Xianrong, China's ambassador to Ukraine, as saying that China “would never attack Ukraine” and that the country would provide "economic aid" to the country.

It comes just 24 hours after Putin was, once again, left humiliated after the mayor of Ukrainian city Melitopol was rescued from captivity overnight.

According to several news outlets in the country, he said: "China is a friendly country for the Ukrainian people.

“As an ambassador, I can responsibly say that China will forever be a good force for Ukraine, both economically and politically.

“We will always respect your state, we will develop relations on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

“We will respect the path chosen by Ukrainians because this is the sovereign right of every nation.

“China will never attack Ukraine, we will help, in particular in the economic direction. In one year, our country imports goods from around the world worth more than $3trillion (£2.28trillion).

“We are ready to help you develop.

“In this situation, which you have now, we will act responsibly.

“We have seen how great the unity of the Ukrainian people is, and that means its strength.”

China has often been seen as a very close ally of Russian, and specifically Putin himself, but in recent weeks it appears that the relationship between the two countries has soured as China refuses to outright back the invasion into Ukraine.

And many experts have said, since the support from China and other countries has been lacking recently, that Putin is furious about the situation.

Putin was left humiliated once again after the mayor of Ukrainian city Melitopol was rescued from captivity overnight.

Ivan Fedorov was captured by Russian forces last week, but has now been rescued in a “special operation”.

The deputy head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, confirmed that the mayor was now free.

He said, in a video: “A special operation to free Melitopol mayor Ivan Fedorov has now been effectively accomplished.”

And Ukraine's president has already been in touch with Mr Federov – who is going to resume his duties as mayor in a few days time.

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