Russian strike hits crowded mall, Zelensky says, amid push for assist at G-7

TELFS, Austria — Following a digital handle from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, leaders from the Group of Seven, the world’s wealthiest democracies, launched a six-page assertion in help of Ukraine, reaffirming the group’s solidarity and dedication to guard the Japanese European nation from continued Russian aggression for “so long as it takes.”

“We’ll proceed to offer monetary, humanitarian, navy and diplomatic help and stand with Ukraine for so long as it takes,” the assertion mentioned.

The leaders mentioned they proceed to help Ukraine’s efforts to finish the struggle however didn’t present any instructed off-ramps or a blueprint for ending Russia’s invasion — which ramped up once more Sunday with a sequence of missile strikes, together with in Kyiv.

“We’re dedicated to serving to Ukraine to uphold its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to defend itself, and to decide on its personal future,” the assertion mentioned. “It’s as much as Ukraine to determine on a future peace settlement, free from exterior stress or affect. We’ll proceed to coordinate efforts to satisfy Ukraine’s pressing necessities for navy and protection gear.”

The assertion additionally included a piece on meals safety, blaming Russia for world shortages of grain. It famous that Russia’s assault on Ukraine has included blockades and theft which have restricted Ukraine’s means to export agricultural merchandise, leading to worth will increase and a rising meals disaster.

“We urgently name on Russia to stop, with out situation, its assaults on agricultural and transport infrastructure and allow free passage of agricultural transport from Ukrainian ports within the Black Sea,” the assertion mentioned. “We’re united and decided to strongly help Ukraine in producing and exporting grain, oil, and different agricultural merchandise and we’ll foster coordinated initiatives that promote world meals safety and handle the causes of the evolving world meals disaster.”

In a while Monday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz mentioned G-7 leaders had assured Zelensky that they are going to “proceed to help Ukraine in its protection towards Russia.”

Scholz mentioned the world can not return to its pre-invasion established order. “All the foundations, all of the agreements that we’ve got struck about the best way through which states reside collectively, on the cooperation between states, they’ve been damaged,” Scholz mentioned. “It’s subsequently clear that relations with Russia can not return to the time earlier than the Russian assault on Ukraine.”

“Because the G-7, we agree that what’s [needed] are long-lasting modifications that may form worldwide relations for a really, very very long time,” he mentioned. “If the scenario modifications, we too should change.”

Rick Noack in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, contributed to this report.

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