Ottawa, 27 February 2023 (TDI): The leaders of G7 countries virtually met with Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the Russia-Ukraine conflict marked one year.
The G7 leaders reaffirmed their unwavering support for Ukraine for as long as it takes. They also said that Russia’s unprovoked attacks over the last year have laid bare the cruelty of the ongoing aggression.
They also regarded the Russian invasion as illegal and unjustified that have disregarded the charter of the United Nations (UN) and highlighted the impacts that its war is having on people worldwide.
They also stated, “We salute the heroism of the Ukrainian people in their brave resistance. We commit to intensifying our diplomatic, financial, and military support for Ukraine, to increasing the costs to Russia and those supporting its war effort, and to continuing to counter the negative impacts of the war on the rest of the world.”
They urged that Russia started this war and Russia can end this war. We call on Russia to stop its ongoing aggression and to “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw its troops” from the entire internationally recognized territory of Ukraine.
The leaders of G7 welcomed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution of a comprehensive and lasting peace in Ukraine.
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said during the meeting that they were committed to diplomacy and supported President Zelenskky’s earnest efforts to promote comprehensive and lasting peace in line with the UN charter.
Strengthening Ukrainian Defense Capabilities
The United States (US) along with Canada, Germany, and UK reaffirmed their commitment to coordinating efforts to meet Ukraine’s pressing military and defense equipment needs, with an immediate focus on air defense systems and capabilities, as well as necessary munitions and tanks.
US ahead of the meeting on Friday has announced $2 billion in defense funds and equipment for Ukraine, including additional weapon systems, communications and counter-detection equipment, and several other capabilities that will help Ukraine continue to hold ground in the war.
In addition, Canada also announced additional Leopard 2 tanks, armored recovery vehicles, and over 5,000 rounds of 155 mm ammunition.
Canadian Prime Minister also announced that Canada is imposing new sanctions on individuals and entities complicit in Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine.
Furthermore, the Canadian Prime Minister and other Officials also came together to honor the lives tragically lost in a war between Russia against Ukraine.