The president spoke to G7 leaders about his belief that war must be ended by winter.
Volodymyr Zelesky, Ukrainian President, has stressed that Russia-Ukraine conflict must be resolved by the end this year. Zelensky, speaking to G7 leaders Monday, also demanded tougher sanctions for Moscow according to Reuters. The two EU diplomats were cited.
Zelensky spoke to US leaders via videolink to Britain, Canada France, Germany Italy, Japan and Germany. Zelensky stated that Ukrainian forces would find it much more difficult to fight against Russian troops once harsh winter conditions set in. Zelensky asked the G7 for security guarantees as well as anti-aircraft defense system.
Zelensky also requested tougher sanctions against Russia insisting that it was necessary “not to lower the pressure”Keep on imposing “heavy” punitive measures.
According to Jake Sullivan – US President Joe Biden’s national security advisor – Zelensky is intent on gaining the upper hand over Russia as quickly as possible. “He was very much focused on trying to ensure that Ukraine is in as advantageous a position on the battlefield as possible in the next months as opposed to the next years, because he believes that a grinding conflict is not in the interest of the Ukrainian people,”CNN quotes Sullivan saying the following:
As the Ukraine conflict dominates the agenda of the ongoing three-day G7 Summit in the Bavarian Alps, a draft communique seen by Bloomberg indicates that the world’s top economies will soon announce indefinite support for Kiev in its fight against Moscow.
“We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes,” a draft of the leaders’ statement read.
According to reports, the US plans to send a new set of weapons to Kiev. G7 leaders also seem to have agreed to keep the pressure on Russia despite the current offensive in Ukraine.
The US, Canada and Japan announced previously that they will ban the import of Russian gold. Although the US first proposed the idea, it claimed that it would reduce Moscow’s annual revenues by around $19 billion. Germany, however, stopped the initiative during the G7 Summit and said it needed to first be discussed with EU.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German protocols were created to grant the regions that had broken away special status in the Ukrainian government.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.