President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky spoke at the G7 meeting about the massive missile attacks our country is suffering from.

“Russia is a terrorist state. The aggressor state launched more than 100 cruise missiles and several dozen drones on the territory of Ukraine. As a result of these strikes, energy facilities in various regions of Ukraine were destroyed. Russia endangers the energy security not only of Ukraine but also of Europe,” the President noted.

The President drew the meeting participants’ attention to assistance to our country. According to him, when Ukraine receives a sufficient number of modern and effective air defence systems, Russia will not be able to terrorise our country.

After the meeting, the G7 countries made a joint statement. They emphasised that Russian president Vladimir Putin must be held to account. They also stressed that they would never recognise the annexation of Ukrainian territories and sham referenda held by Russia.

G7 pledged to continue to provide financial, humanitarian, security, diplomatic, and legal support to Ukraine for as long as it takes.

The G7 countries emphasise that a just peace in Ukraine should be based on the following key elements:

— respecting the UN Charter’s protection of territorial integrity and sovereignty;

— safeguarding Ukraine’s ability to defend itself in the future;

— ensuring Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction, including exploring avenues to do so with funds from Russia;

— pursuing accountability for Russian crimes committed during the war.

Natalia Tolub

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