G7 leaders have condemned Putin’s “war of aggression” in a heartbreaking update on the war in Ukraine. In an update shared earlier today, the leaders of the G7 accused Putin of “blatantly violating” principles enshrined in the UN charter. They added: “No country wants peace more than Ukraine, whose people have suffered death, displacement and countless atrocities as the result of Russian aggression.
“In solidarity with Ukraine, the G7 Leaders welcome President Zelensky’s readiness for a just peace.”
They also said they “deplore deliberate Russian escalatory steps”, such as the partial mobilisation announced by Putin on September 21.
This is Russia’s first mobilisation since World War 2.
The G7 leaders said the group “will act in solidarity and close coordination to address the negative impact of Russia’s aggression for global economic stability”.
This came after they met with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier today.
The world leaders said they used the meeting to reassure Mr Zelensky that they are “undeterred and steadfast in [their] commitment to providing the support Ukraine needs to uphold its sovereignty and territorial integrity”, committing themselves to continue providing Ukraine with support.
This comes as Putin’s war effort in Ukraine appears to be stalling, with the Ukrainian army having retaken more than 6,000 sq km of land since the start of September, according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
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But Tobias Ellwood, Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, warned that Putin’s “humiliation in Ukraine raises the prospect of nuclear strikes in areas which he now claims are Russian territory”.
He called for a “robust, international, conventional, military response” in order to avoid a “dangerous precedent”.
Mr Ellwood added: “Putin has long exploited the West’s weakness to challenge his military advances directly.
“It’s time to spell out now the consequences – rather than hope it won’t happen.”
But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Times that Russia did not want to take part in what he called “nuclear rhetoric”.
He said: “The Western media, Western politicians and heads of state are engaging in a lot of exercises in nuclear rhetoric right now.
“We do not want to take part in this.”