Ukrainian president meets with world leaders at G7

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky huddled with some of his biggest backers at the Group of Seven meeting in Hiroshima on Sunday, hoping to add to the momentum for his country's war effort even as Russia claimed a symbolic victory on the battlefield.

The Ukrainian leader's in-person appearance during the final day of the summit underscored the centrality of the war for the bloc of rich democracies. It also stole much of the limelight from many of the other priorities, ranging from security challenges in Asia and outreach to the developing world, that the leaders focused on at the three-day gathering.

Zelensky was holding two major rounds of meetings Sunday, one with G7 leaders only and a second with the group and a host of invited guests including India, South Korea and Brazil. He also held one-on-one talks with several of the leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden.

Biden on Sunday announced a new military aid package for Ukraine during his meeting with Zelensky, saying the U.S. would provide ammunition and armored vehicles.

"We have Ukraine's back and we're not going anywhere," Biden said.

Zelensky thanked Biden for the support.

"We are very thankful. We will never forget. Thank you," he said.

Even before Zelensky landed Saturday aboard a French plane, the G7 nations had unveiled a slew of new sanctions and other measures meant to punish Moscow over its invasion that began in February last year. His visit closely followed the United States agreeing to allow training on American-made F-16 fighter jets, laying the groundwork for their eventual transfer to Ukraine.

Hanging over Sunday's talks was the claim by Russia's Defense Ministry that forces of the Wagner private army, backed by Russian troops,...

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