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At the G7, Volodymyr Zelensky goes on a diplomatic offensive

At the G7, Volodymyr Zelensky goes on a diplomatic offensive

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8:23 p.m : Yesterday, Joe Biden told G7 leaders that he would give Ukraine the green light to supply Western fighter jets, including F-16s. If the delivery of these fighter jets takes shape in the coming weeks, the Ukrainian forces can compensate for the lack of air resources and benefit from a versatile fleet. We explain to you why this American green light marks an important stage in the conflict.

(Toshi Kisanuki/Yomiuri/AFP)

7:36 p.m : All eyes are on this town in eastern Ukraine, Pakmud, the epicenter of fighting between Kiev forces and the Russian army, backed by the paramilitary group Wagner. Kiev announced that the Ukrainian army would continue fighting after announcements by Yevgeny Brikonin, head of the Russian paramilitary group, to capture the key city. We have compiled these conflicting notifications for you.

A dilapidated building is seen in Bagmouth, eastern Ukraine on November 29, 2022.  (YEVHEN TITOV/AFP)


4:57 p.m : According to the Elysian source, Volodymyr Zelensky chose to go to France because of his long relationship with Emmanuel Macron. The two heads of state met in Hiroshima this afternoon. We summarize for you why the Ukrainian president went to the G7 on a French plane.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrives in Hiroshima, Japan on May 20, 2023 on a French plane.  (YUICHI YAMAZAKI/AFP)

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4:52 p.m : As a guest of the G7 Summit, the Ukrainian President arrived in Hiroshima, Japan on an official French plane. This information was confirmed by Emmanuel Macron on Twitter. According to France Televisions’ Elysian source, it was Kiev who sought help from Paris on Wednesday.

7:10 p.m : “The situation is critical. At the same time (…) our defenders control some industrial facilities and infrastructure in the area and the private sector”Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Khanna Maliar said in a telegram.

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7:10 p.m : Ukraine still cites a situation where it says it controls the Bakhmout areas “important”According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

7:10 p.m : In a video released by his press service, Evguéni Prigojine, the head of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, indicated that his men would transfer control of Bagmouth to the Russian army on May 25, declaring that it had been captured en masse.

3:09 p.m : Observers doubt the strategic importance of Bachmouth’s victory for Russia, but it would allow Moscow to record victory after several humiliating setbacks.

3:26 p.m : Yesterday, Wagner, the head of the Russian paramilitary group, telegraphed that it was unlikely to capture the city of Bakhmaut, the epicenter of months of fighting in eastern Ukraine, in the coming days. The battle for this city in Donbass has been bloody and long since the Russian invasion began on February 24, 2022.

3:04 p.m : “On the afternoon of May 20, 2023, Bagmouth was completely taken”Yevgeny Prigozhin says in a video broadcast by his press service on Telegram, where he stands with armed men in front of ruined buildings.

3:05 p.m : Yevgeny Prigozhin, president of the Wagner Group, said that the Russian forces had completely captured the city of Bagmouth.

3:04 p.m : Volodymyr Zelensky has been asking his Western allies for months to provide him with aircraft that would allow the Ukrainian military to strike deeper into Russian troops. So far, Kyiv’s allies, especially the United States, have refused to respond positively to these demands, citing the risk of escalating the conflict.

2:57 p.m : It puts them at great risk.” The quoted Alexander Grouchko warned Russian agency TASS (in Russian). “However, this will be taken into account in all our plans, and we have all the necessary means to achieve the goals”, he added.

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2:58 p.m : The day after US President Joe Biden’s announcement authorizing the West to supply Ukraine with US-made F-16 fighter jets, Moscow responded through the voice of its Deputy Foreign Minister: We see the West sticking to a more expansionary scenario.”

2:19 p.m : Volodymyr Zelensky’s presence at the G7 “Can change a game”, Emmanuel Macron said at the introduction of the bilateral meeting between the two heads of state in Hiroshima.

(Ludovic Marin/AFP)

2:19 p.m : President Emmanuel Macron and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky are currently talking to each other on the sidelines of the G7 summit, according to franceinfo’s special envoy.

2:16 p.m : The Ukrainian president is also scheduled to meet his US counterpart Joe Biden in Hiroshima to discuss the implementation of the US decision to authorize the future delivery of fighter jets to Kiev. Bilateral meetings are also scheduled with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and French President Emmanuel Macron.

1:04 p.m : During his visit to Japan and participation in the G7 Summit, Volodymyr Zelensky met Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. “It is important to continue the dialogue between Ukraine and Italy on bilateral relations”The President of Ukraine said on his Telegram account.

(Ludovic Marin/AFP)

12:53 p.m : A year ago, the city of Mariupol was captured by Russian troops after weeks of resistance. The city today lies largely in ruins and almost deserted. This is one of the priority objectives of the Ukrainian army, which is preparing its counteroffensive. Our journalist Omar Ouahmane tells you more here.

11:59 : “It’s an honor” Must be France “at first” In the presence of Volodymyr Zelensky at the G7, vice renaissance Sylvain Maillard confirmed francenfo. The President of Ukraine arrived in Hiroshima, Japan this morning on an official French flight. “France is on Volodymyr Zelensky’s side, on Ukraine’s side, and therefore supports all diplomatic measures that help Ukrainians”Adds a select Parisian.

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11:30 am : Kyiv says it foiled new Russian drone attack in capital. According to the Ukrainian ministry in Telegram, rescuers extinguished the fire on the roof of a nine-story residential building with a total area of ​​80 square meters. Earlier, damage was observed in four flats. No injuries were reported, he said.

11:15 am : The declaration is a result of negotiations between countries like the US and other countries on the European side, which are taking a firm stand against the backdrop of rising tensions with China. “conflict” With the Asian giant.

10:28 : The G7 leaders meeting in Hiroshima, Japan has invited China “Pressure Russia to End Its Aggression” Against Ukraine, when it says it wants relations “Constructive and Sustainable” with Beijing.

10:32 : Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who arrived in Hiroshima, Japan for the G7, posted a message on social media: “Important meetings with Japan. G7. Ukraine’s allies and friends. Increased security and cooperation for our success. Today, peace is closer.”