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G7: Ukraine dominates last day of 'successful' summit

Update : 22 May 2023, 01:11

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy took center stage on the last day of the G7 summit in Japan as leaders committed to unified approach to tackling Russia and China.

Although Ukraine isn't one of the G7 member states, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stole much of the limelight on the final day of the three-day summit held in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

During a speech at the Hiroshima Memorial Park, Zelenskyy, wearing a black shirt rather than the sleek suit of other world leaders present here, reiterated how important it is for the world to hear Ukrainian people calling for "unity" from Hiroshima, the city that had been rebuilt after the US atomic bomb attack in 1945.

In a strongly worded and spirited speech made in Ukrainian, he said pictures in the museum in Hiroshima remind him of Bakhmut, where there is "absolutely nothing alive" and "all the buildings are destroyed." He thanked Japan for displaying Ukrainian flags across Hiroshima, and he said as long as there is a Ukrainian flag, there is hope.

Zelenskyy's appeals for support at the summit, where he arrived on Saturday, have received positive responses, with US President Joe Biden revealing an additional $375 million (€347 million) military aid package for Ukraine, while other G7 leaders pledged continued support for the war-torn country.

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