Ukraine’s Zelensky receives new diplomatic and military aid from G7, including $375 million from the United States
- President Vladimir Zelensky’s surprise visit to Japan is a major diplomatic coup that has put his country and Russia’s invasion on top of the agenda.
- The visit also provided Zelensky with a rare opportunity to win the hearts of a handful of countries that had little or no condemnation of russia’s invasion.
President Volodymyr Zelensky received more arms, ammunition and “unwavering” diplomatic support from G7 allies in Hiroshima on Sunday.
Meeting leaders of the bloc of rich democracies, Zelensky received a pledge from U.S. President Joe Biden to provide more than $375 million in military aid.
The U.S. package includes additional ammunition for HIMAR rocket launchers, artillery shells, anti-tank guided missiles and thermal imaging systems valued at $375 million, Zelensky’s top aide, Andriy Yermak, said.
”Together with the entire G7, we have ukraine’s back, and I promise we won’t go anywhere,” Biden told Zelensky. ‘
Zelensky’s surprise visit to Japan is a major diplomatic coup that has put his country and Russia’s 15-month-long invasion on top of the agenda.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Zelensky’s invitation to visit Hiroshima was a “very meaningful” sign of support.
”By inviting President Zelensky to Japan, we have demonstrated the G7’s unwavering solidarity with Ukraine.
After the conclusion of the G7 summit in Japan, Zelensky visited the Peace Museum in Hiroshima, where a memorial stands in memory of the millions of people killed in the 1945 atomic bombing.
On August 300, more than 000,<> people were killed when the U.S. Air Force dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Today, the Japanese city is considered a strong symbol against the terrorism of war – and a reminder for peace.
As well as gaining allied support, the visit provided Zelensky with a rare opportunity to win over a handful of countries that have clearly made little or no condemnation of russia’s invasion.
Leaders from India, Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia were invited to attend the meeting as non-members.
Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio da Silva has accused Western countries of “encouraging war” and has not yet confirmed that he will also meet his Ukrainian counterpart.
However, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Zelensky, “I understand your pain and the pain of the citizens of Ukraine.”
I can assure you that India and I will personally do everything we can to resolve this issue.
Zelensky offered an enthusiastic assessment of the competition, saying he believed India would “participate in the restoration of the rules-based international order that all independent countries clearly need.”
Zelensky is also seeking support for a 10-point peace plan that focuses on Russia’s withdrawal from Ukrainian territory.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the message from Ukraine and its allies was clear: “Russia should withdraw its troops.” ‘
”No peace plan can be linked to just freezing the conflict,” he said.
He said Russia should not bet that if it persists for a long time, it will weaken Ukraine’s support.
French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed hope that President Zelensky’s participation in the meeting will help countries like Brazil and India better understand the situation in Ukraine.
He referred to the upcoming meeting of BRICS countries i.e. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. “It’s very important to us because it prevents the division of the world — between those who explicitly support Ukraine and those who say they support peace, sometimes without knowing what it really means.”
Zelensky was scheduled to attend the first G7 summit remotely, but arrived after a major breakthrough in the battle for advanced weapons from the West.
The White House ended a long-standing reluctance to allow its allies to deliver F-16 fighter jets to Kiev, paving the way for Ukraine to obtain the most sophisticated material ever.
Washington insists the planes are part of a Ukrainian strategy aimed at helping Ukraine “avoid World War III.”
Zelensky acknowledged that the planes would not immediately support the war effort, but called the decision “a great outcome.”