G-7 leaders pledge support for Russia after Zelensky’s speech

Smoke rises above buildings after the Russian missile attack on critical infrastructure in Lviv on October 10, 2022. Russia launched 15 rockets in the Lviv area, some were shot down by air defense forces , the others affected energy infrastructure. Due to the rocket attack, Lviv was left without electricity, water and mobile communication.

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Leaders of some of the world’s largest economies reiterated their commitment to Ukraine and condemned Russia’s escalating aggression following a virtual meeting on Tuesday morning, pledging to support Ukraine “for as long as that it will take”.

“We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military, diplomatic and legal support and we will stand firmly with Ukraine for as long as necessary,” the G-7 group of nations said in a statement. “We are committed to helping Ukraine meet its winterization needs.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the cohort virtually at the start of the meeting. The event came after Russia deployed around 80 missiles across Ukraine on Mondaykilling at least 19 people and injuring many more, Ukrainian officials said.

“We condemn these attacks in the strongest terms and recall that indiscriminate attacks against innocent civilians constitute a war crime,” the group said. “We will hold the president [Vladimir] Putin and those responsible must be held to account.”

US President Joe Biden confirmed the group’s position in a tweet after the meeting. He said he and the G-7 leaders will keep their “unwavering commitment to hold Russia accountable for its war and to support Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

Russia was a member of the G-7 but was expelled from it after annexing Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014. The Kerch Strait bridge linking Russia and Crimea was damaged in a bomb attack on Saturday.

The members of the G-7 are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

The G-7 has condemned the steps Russia has taken to escalate its war in Ukraine. They include the partial mobilization announced by Putin on September 21 and Moscow’s “irresponsible nuclear rhetoric” which, according to the group, “endangers world peace and security”. Russia will face “serious consequences” if it uses chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, the G-7 said.

Putin hinted at threats to use nuclear weapons. In a televised speech in September, when referring to the partial mobilization, Putin said he would “certainly use all means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people.” He added that he was not bluffing.

The White House has repeatedly said it takes Russia’s nuclear war threats seriously, but sees no indications of a current threat. Biden warned Thursday against “the prospect of armageddonif Russia uses its nuclear weapons.

In the statement released after the meeting, the G-7 said it condemned and rejected Russia’s attempt to annex parts of Ukraine and pledged never to recognize referendums held in parts of Ukraine. Ukraine. The nations also said they agreed that Russia was “flagrantly violating” the UN charter.

Members also agreed to continue to impose economic sanctions on Russia, as well as on individuals or groups who provide political or economic support to Moscow in its war.

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