Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told G7 leaders that he wants the war in Ukraine to be over before winter sets in at the end of the year.
Zelensky, who addressed the G7 Summit in the Bavarian Alps via video link on Monday morning, said that winter conditions would make it tougher for his troops as they mount their fightback against Vladimir Putin’s army.
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He then told the G7 leaders to do their utmost to finish the war by the end of the year as he asked for anti-aircraft defence systems and more security guarantees.
The Mail Online reports: Zelensky also pleaded with the leaders ‘intensify sanctions’ against Russia as he stressed the necessity to keep heaping ‘heavy’ punitive action on Moscow and to ‘not lower the pressure’.
The Ukrainian president asked for help to export grain from Ukraine and for reconstruction aid, the European official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Zelensky addressed the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States by video link on Monday, the second day of the three-day G7 summit in southern Germany.
The high-level talks come a day after Kyiv suffered the first Russian onslaught on the capital in three weeks, Ukraine said, with a missile attack hitting a residential building and leaving one person dead.
Two women were also killed by Russian bombardments on the northeastern Kharkiv region over the past 24 hours, the local governor said on Monday.
The G7 leaders will commit on Tuesday to a new package of coordinated actions meant to raise pressure on Russia over its war in Ukraine, and will finalize plans for a price cap on Russian oil, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.
The US is also planning to send Ukraine sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles to defend against Russian attacks, a source familiar with the process said on Monday.
President Joe Biden ‘has made the procurement of advanced air defence systems for Ukraine a priority’, the source said, asking not to be identified.
An announcement is ‘likely this week’ on the purchase of an ‘advanced medium- to long-range surface-to-air missile defence system’, as well as other weaponry to help Ukraine fight Russia’s invasion.
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