(From left) US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit on May 21, 2023 in Hiroshima, Japan.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday received fresh promises from G7 nations in Hiroshima, Japan, to deliver military equipment, in addition to “unwavering” diplomatic support, after Russia claimed responsibility for the Bakhmut seizure, a denial by Ukraine. Did.
The Ukrainian head of state arrived in Hiroshima on Saturday, where he met the leaders of the seven most industrialized Western economies (the US, Canada, Japan, France, the UK, Germany and Italy) as well as other guests at the summit. ,
Shortly after his arrival, Moscow claimed it had captured Bakhmut, the scene of the longest and bloodiest fighting since the invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022.
Zelensky acknowledged that there were Russian troops in that city in the east of the country, but insisted that the city “is not occupied.”
“हिरोशिमा की तस्वीरें मुझे बखमुत की याद दिलाती हैं। यहां कुछ भी जीवित नहीं है, सभी इमारतें नष्ट हो गई हैं […] Complete and total destruction,” he said.
But he promised that Ukraine, like Hiroshima, would recover.
This Sunday, he met with US President Joe Biden, who signed a new order of about $375 million in weapons, ammunition and armored vehicles to Kiev, days after allowing his allies to supply F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. Had promised to deliver.
Biden assured that Western countries supporting Kiev “will not waver” in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine. “Putin will not break our resolve [de apoyar a Kiev] Like I thought I could,” he said.
“The G7 leaders invited the head of the Kiev regime, which they control, to their meeting and turned the Hiroshima incident into a propaganda show,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
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– No meeting with Lula –
Zelensky’s appearance in Hiroshima placed the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the center of G7 debate, overshadowing other issues such as the allies’ relations with China.
“With this invitation we have shown the incredible solidarity of the G7 with Ukraine,” said Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the host of the summit.
In their successive meetings, Zelensky tried to garner support for a ten-point peace plan that centered on demanding that Russia withdraw from Ukrainian territory.
But the Ukrainian president’s diplomatic offensive was not entirely well-rounded: Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva did not meet his Ukrainian counterpart face-to-face.
Lula, who has been reluctant to condemn the Russian invasion, sparked some controversy last month by announcing that the United States should stop “encouraging war”.
But, calling for “violations of Ukraine’s territorial integrity” and talks in group discussions, Brazil’s president on Sunday criticized the nations of the UN Security Council, whose permanent members are the United States, Russia, China, France and . United Kingdom.
“The permanent members carry on a long tradition of waging unauthorized wars, whether for purposes of territorial expansion or regime change,” he said, pointing to the 2003 US-led coalition invasion of Iraq.
Zelensky indicated that he could not meet with Lula because of the incompatibility of agendas.
Asked if he was frustrated at not being able to speak directly with Brazil’s president, Zelensky replied: “I think he is the one who is frustrated.”
– ‘Building peace’ –
He met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who announced that India would do “everything possible” to resolve the conflict, a promise Zelensky welcomed.
At the same time, the head of the German government, Olaf Scholz, warned that “Russia should not make a condition that if it resists for a long time, support for Ukraine will weaken.”
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that the Ukrainian president’s presence at the G7 is “a way to build peace”.
The Ukrainian president left Hiroshima on Sunday, according to Japanese public channel NHK.