China will send special representatives to Ukraine to hold talks aimed at resolving the war with Russia, President Xi told President Zelensky in a phone call today, the first contact between the two leaders since Russia invaded last year.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency is reporting that Xi reassured Zelensky that the time was right to “resolve the crisis politically” and that Beijing would not add “fuel to the fire” of the war. Zelensky described the conversation as “long and meaningful.”