A day after Russia fired missiles at cities in Ukraine, the Group of Seven (G7) countries met virtually to “hold Putin accountable” for Russia’s latest actions, which the UN called war crimes.
Tuesday, the G7 leaders strongly condemned Russia’s missile attacks and promised to help Ukraine get the military and defence equipment it needs as soon as possible. In a joint statement, they said that they were committed to helping Ukraine get ready for the winter.
President Zelenskyy has asked the G7 to give Ukraine air defence tools to stop Russia. Since the war started in February, the West has been sending arms and ammunition to Ukraine.
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1) At the G7 meeting, Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for tough new sanctions against Moscow and again said that he didn’t want to talk with Vladimir Putin, who is the president of Russia. Since Russia took over 15% of Ukraine and warned the world it could use nuclear weapons, the chances of ending the war between Russia and Ukraine through talks seem to have gone down.
2) The G7 nations spoke out against Russia’s missile attacks on Ukrainian cities and promised to stand with Kyiv “as long as it takes.” The G7 leaders also said that if Putin used nuclear weapons, there would be “severe consequences.”
“We say again that if Russia used chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons, there would be very bad things that would happen. We will keep giving Ukraine financial, humanitarian, military, diplomatic, and legal support, and we will stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes “In a statement, G7 said.
3) The United Nations said that the place and time of the Russian attacks were “shocking.” They also said that attacking civilians directly is a war crime.
“People were on their way to work or taking their kids to school when the strikes happened, which is very shocking. It is a war crime to deliberately target civilians and civilian objects, which are things that are not military targets “On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the UN office for human rights said this.
4) According to Ukraine, the Russian attack killed 19 people and hurt more than 100. The attack also damaged infrastructure and cut off power and gas. At least 12 energy facilities in at least eight places were damaged.
5) Things are even worse in towns that the Ukrainian army took back. 55 people, including a baby who was only one year old, were found dead in a mass grave in a town in the Donetsk region. Around 110 graves were found in a cemetery in Lyman town. Ukraine has said that Russia tortured and killed innocent civilians, which is something that Russia has always denied since the beginning of the war.
6) Russian President Vladimir Putin has said again that the missile attacks were a response to an attack on a key bridge that connects Russia to Crimea, which he said was done by Ukraine.
7)US President Joe Biden has said that Vladimir Putin is usually a reasonable person, but that he made a big mistake when he thought it would be easy for Russia to take over Ukraine.
“I think he is a rational actor who has made a big mistake,” Biden told CNN after Moscow shelled civilian targets in its neighbouring country. This was a sign that the seven-month conflict was getting worse.
8) India is also worried about how the conflict in Ukraine is getting worse, with civilians being killed and infrastructure being attacked.
We say again that stepping up the fighting is not in anyone’s best interest. We want there to be an immediate end to fighting and a quick return to the path of diplomacy and talking. In response to Russia’s missile attacks on Ukraine, the external ministry has said that India is ready to help with any efforts to calm things down.
9) The attacks that killed people in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, and Zaporizhzhia were some of the worst things that have happened in Ukraine in recent months.
10) Last week, Vladimir Putin signed agreements to take over Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk, and Donetsk, four war-torn cities in Ukraine. Putin told everyone at the ceremony in Moscow that they would protect their land.