G7 ends with Ukraine in focus as Zelenskyy meets world leaders and Russia claims disputed gains
May 22, 2023
HIROSHIMA, Japan - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy huddled with some of his biggest backers as the Group of Seven summit closed in Hiroshima on Sunday, building momentum for his country's war effort even as Russia claimed a battlefield victory that was quickly disputed by Ukraine.
The Ukrainian leader's in-person appearance in his trademark olive drab underscored the centrality of the war for the G7 bloc of rich democracies. It also stole much of the limelight from other priorities, including security challenges in Asia and outreach to the developing world, that the leaders focused on at the three-day gathering.
Hosting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the group was committed to ''strong backing for Ukraine from every possible dimension.''