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Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” to rid the country of far-right nationalists and ensure Russian security. The war has killed thousands, displaced millions and devastated cities.

At their summit in Germany, G7 leaders, including US President Joe Biden, said they would maintain sanctions against Russia for as long as necessary and step up international pressure on President Vladimir Putin’s government and its Belarusian ally. .

“Imagine if we allowed Putin to get away with violently acquiring huge chunks of another country, sovereign and independent territory,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC.

The United States said it was finalizing another arms package for Ukraine that would include long-range air defense systems – weapons Zelenskyy specifically requested when he addressed the leaders via video link Monday.

In his speech to G7 leaders, Zelenskyy again called for more weapons, US and European officials said. He asked for help to export grain from Ukraine and for more sanctions against Russia.

The G7 nations have pledged further tightening of Russia’s finances – including an agreement to cap the price of Russian oil which a US official has described as ‘close’ – and pledged up to $29.5 billion additional for Ukraine.

“We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and to support Ukraine for as long as it takes,” a G7 statement said.

The White House said Russia defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time in more than a century as sweeping sanctions effectively cut the country off from the global financial system.

Russia has rejected the demands, telling investors to approach Western financial agents for the money that was sent, but the bondholders did not receive.

The war has created hardship for countries far beyond Europe’s borders, with disruptions in food and energy exports hitting the global economy.


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