Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrives at Hiroshima airport for attending the G7 leaders' summit in Mihara, Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan May 20, 2023., in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo via REUTERS
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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Japan for talks with his international friends

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy traveled to Hiroshima, Japan, for the G7 summit. His primary objective is to seek support from world leaders in countering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Zelenskyy’s presence in Hiroshima, a city devastated by a nuclear attack, underscored the G7 government’s concerns regarding Russia’s nuclear threat. The summit in Hiroshima addressed the significant challenges posed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the escalating tensions with China, particularly concerning Taiwan.

Zelenskyy, dressed in his customary olive green fatigues, disembarked from a French government aircraft and swiftly made his way to a awaiting car, as captured by Japanese broadcasters.

Shortly after, he posted a tweet stating, “Japan. G7. Important meetings with partners and friends of Ukraine.”


His arrival followed G7 members’ warning that countries employing trade as a weapon would face repercussions, sending a clear message to China regarding practices perceived as economic bullying by Washington.

French and European officials emphasized the significance of Zelenskyy’s personal presence, first at the Arab League and now at the G7, where representatives form the Global South are present.

His aim is to present Ukraine’s perspective as the victim of Russian aggression and outline his vision for a future peace settlement.

“We have to use all the means to bind non-aligned states to the cause of the defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” French presidential official told reporters.

Zelenskyy is scheduled to engage in bilateral meetings with G7 leaders, as well as the leaders of India and Brazil, two countries that have maintained closer ties with Moscow.

On Sunday, he will participate in a session with the G7 and subsequently join a broader session involving attendees from the Global South.