the ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky he obtained on Sunday new promises of edelivery of military material, in addition to the “unwavering” diplomatic support of the G7 countries in Hiroshima, Japan, after Russia claimed responsibility for the capture of Bakhmut, denied by Ukraine.
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The Ukrainian head of state arrived in Hiroshima on Saturday, where he met with the leaders of the seven most industrialized western economies (USA, Canada, Japan, France, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy), in addition to other guests invited to the summit.
Shortly after his arrival, Moscow claimed it had captured Bakhmut, the scene of the longest and bloodiest battle 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 locality “is not occupied”.
After placing some flowers at a memorial to the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the Ukrainian president compared that attack to the current situation in Bakhmut.
Hiroshima photos remind me of Bakhmut. There is absolutely nothing alive, all the buildings are destroyed (…) An absolute and total destruction, “he said.
But he promised that, like Hiroshima, Ukraine will also recover.
This Sunday he met with US President Joe Biden, who promised kyiv new shipments of arms, ammunition and armored vehicles worth some $375 million, days after allowing its allies to supply F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.
Biden assured that the Western countries that support kyiv “will not waver” in the face of the Russian offensive in Ukraine. “Putin will not break our resolve (to support kyiv) as he believed he could,” he noted.
The G7 leaders invited the head of the Kiev regime, which they control, to their meeting and turned the Hiroshima event into a propaganda show,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
No meeting with Lula
Zelensky’s presence in Hiroshima placed the Russian invasion of the Ukraine in the spotlight. center of the G7 debates, overshadowing other issues such as the relations of the allies with China.
With this invitation “we have shown the unwavering solidarity of the G7 with Ukraine,” said Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, host of the summit.
In their successive meetings, Zelensky tried to rally support for a ten-point peace plan, centered on demand that Russia withdraw from Ukrainian territory.
But the diplomatic offensive of the Ukrainian president was not completely complete: the Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, he did not meet his Ukrainian counterpart face to face.
Lula, who has been reluctant to condemn the Russian invasion, caused some controversy last month by declaring that The United States had to stop “fostering war”.
But, vilified the “violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and calling for dialogue in group discussions, the Brazilian president criticized on Sunday the countries of the United Nations Security Council, whose permanent members are the United States, Russia, China , France and the United Kingdom.
The permanent members perpetuate the long tradition of waging unauthorized wars, whether for the purposes of territorial expansion or regime change,” he said, alluding to the 2003 US-led coalition invasion of Iraq.
Zelenski indicated that he had not been able to meet with Lula because of a schedule incompatibility.
When asked if he was disappointed not to have been able to speak directly with the Brazilian president, Zelensky replied: “I think he’s the one who’s disappointed.”
He did meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who declared that India will “everything possible” to resolve the conflicta promise that Zelensky celebrated.
For his part, the German head of government, Olaf Scholz, warned that “Russia should not bet that, if it resists long enough, support for Ukraine will end up weakening.”
The presence of the Ukrainian president in the G7 is “a way to build peace”considered French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday.
The Ukrainian president left Hiroshima on Sunday, according to the Japanese public channel NHK.
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