Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives for the important G7 summit with Rishi Sunak and world leaders after the US gave the green light to F-16 aircraft
VOLODYMYR Zelenskyy has landed in Japan to attend a key G7 summit with Rishi Sunak and other world leaders.
The President of Ukraine said that “peace will come closer” after arriving in Hiroshima for the conference on Saturday.
Photos showed Zelenskyy arriving in Hiroshima dressed in his signature green overalls before being driven off in a motorcade in a black BMW.
“Japan. G7 Important meetings with partners and friends of Ukraine. Security and increased cooperation for our victory,” he tweeted.
Zelenskyy – a former TV star turned inspirational war leader – was on a world tour last week.
He has been trying to secure more arms and support for Ukraine as it continues to defend its country from Russia.
This comes after US President Joe Biden finally gave the allies the green light to hand over F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.
President Zelenskyy flew halfway around the world to attend the G7 summit.
The fighter jet deal represents a key breakthrough in arming him to fight Putin in the air.
Rishi Sunak has been leading efforts for months to help him get the newer technology he’s been begging for ahead of a new spring offensive in the 15-month war.
And last night it emerged that after months of resisting the demands, the Americans would finally agree to the use of their planes.
Government insiders said it was unlikely that the British Typhoon fighter jets Zelensky was calling for could be deployed any time soon – and instead they were always a long-term goal to train fighters with our equipment.
The Netherlands are expected to be the first to send US-designed planes, which required US approval, as 24 of them are due to be retired soon.
Ukraine has already taken in ex-Soviet fighters from Poland and Slovakia.
Meanwhile, Zelenskyy will force India, Brazil and Indonesia to break away from the fence and support his war-torn nation for the greater good of the world.
He is expected to address the G7 in Hiroshima tomorrow (Sunday) and hold behind-the-scenes talks with leaders on peace and security in Hiroshima after stopping in Saudi Arabia on Friday afternoon to discuss there to address the Heads of State and Government.
Last night Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned Putin: “We are not going anywhere” and will support Ukraine to the end.
The prime minister, who is leading the international effort to help Zelenskyy get the jets and weapons it wants, laid a wreath at the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima yesterday that read: “Shakespeare tells us to ‘say words of mourning.’ But in the face of the bomb, speech fails.” Silent flash.
No words can describe the terror and suffering of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But what we can say with all our hearts and souls is no more.”
He will meet French President Macron and Indonesian President Widodo for a series of bilateral talks today, and India’s Prime Minister Modi on Sunday.
But he will not have a one-on-one call with President Biden as it is widely expected that he will join him for an official trip to Washington next month.
The two have already held two one-on-one meetings since the Prime Minister took office last year – most recently in Northern Ireland last month.
Putin claimed the invasion of Russia was simply a “special military operation” that would only last two weeks when he struck on February 24, 2022.
Now tens of thousands of Russians — up to 200,000 — lie dead in fields across Ukraine.
And millions of Ukrainian civilians have endured untold misery as cities were vandalized and their homes stolen.
Putin foolishly believed his armed forces would be welcomed as liberators in Ukraine.
But instead, the first attack ended in disaster, with his forces annihilated and thrown back to Russia.
Kiev continues to demand Western weapons they believe they need to defeat the Russians.
The world is eagerly awaiting what Ukraine will accomplish in its forthcoming counteroffensive – with hopes that it could bring decisive advantages on the frontline, particularly around Bakhmut.