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Brazil’s Lula Heads to China With a Ukraine Peace Proposal That’s Effectively Dead on Arrival

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva spoke with the press at Planalto Palace in Brasilia on April 6, 2023. EVARISTO SA / AFP

Brazilian President Luiz Inàcio Lula da Silva had hoped to arrive in Beijing on Tuesday with a plan to present to Chinese President Xi Jinping that would end the conflict in Ukraine.

Lula dispatched a special envoy to Kyiv last week to present the idea of ceding Crimea to Russia in exchange for a settlement. But that was a non-starter with the Ukrainians, who politely dismissed the proposition on Friday:

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