Ukraine, G7: “New sanctions against Russia”

“Ready to adopt more”

Russia started this war: it can end it“. This is what the G7 statement reads. “We call on Russia to end the ongoing aggression and immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw its troops from all Ukrainian territory within its internationally recognized borders”. Over the past year, Russian forces have killed thousands of Ukrainians, displaced millions and forcibly deported thousands of Ukrainians, including children, to Russia. Russia has destroyed hospitals, schools, energy and essential infrastructure, and reduced historic cities to ruins. In areas liberated by Russian forces, there is evidence of mass graves, rape, torture and other atrocities. We strongly condemn all the heinous acts committed by Russia. In the face of Russian aggression, Ukrainians are more united, prouder and more determined than ever.”

We reaffirm our determination to strengthen sanctions and other hitherto unprecedented economic measures taken in a coordinated manner by the G7 and partner countries in order to continue to weaken Russia’s ability to carry out its unlawful aggression.” “We remain committed to a common front as we take further coordinated economic action against Russia in the days and weeks to come”, continues the text which below lists “the new measures we are adopting, in compliance with our respective legal authorities and procedures and in accordance with international law”.

“One year after Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine began, we, the Heads of State and Government of the G7 Group, met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to reaffirm our unwavering support for Ukraine for as long as necessary”. “The atrocious attacks that Russia has been carrying out for 365 days – he continues – testify to the cruelty of the aggression underway. We condemn Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable war, which does not follow any provocation, its contempt for the United Nations Charter and the its indifference to the consequences of its war on the peoples of the whole world. We salute the heroism of the Ukrainian people, who courageously resist. We are determined to strengthen our diplomatic, financial and military support to Ukraine, to raise the cost of war for Russia and for those who support its war effort, and to continue to fight the negative repercussions of the war on the rest of the world, especially on the most vulnerable populations”.

“We remain committed to coordinating our efforts to meet Ukraine’s urgent military and defense equipment needs, with a priority focus on defense equipment needs, with particular attention to air defense systems and capabilities, and munitions and to the tanks”.

“We reaffirm our unequivocal condemnation and firm rejection of Russia’s illegal annexation attempt of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions of Ukraine. We will never recognize these illegal annexation attempts any more than we have recognized those of Crimea and of Sevastopol”.

START – “We reaffirm that irresponsible Russia’s nuclear rhetoric is unacceptable and that any Russian use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons would have serious consequences.” The G7 countries therefore expressed “regret” for Russia’s decision to suspend its participation in the START treaty, recalling the “importance” of the fact that no atomic weapons have been used in the world for 77 years.

ZELENSKY PLAN G7 leaders, meeting by videoconference on the anniversary of the war in Ukraine, reaffirm “commitment to diplomacy and welcome and support President Zelensky’s good faith efforts to promote a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, the basic principles of which were outlined in his peace plan”. The G7 statement “welcomes” the resolution adopted yesterday by the UN General Assembly “with broad support from the international community”.

“I attended the G7 leaders’ meeting,” tweeted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “In the first part, I thanked the partners for their help during this year. In the second, I presented our priorities in detail to the partners. I am sure that we will be able to make progress in implementing each of the priorities.”