G7 leaders must send more weapons to defeat ‘Russia’s sick imperialism’, Kyiv urges

 A residential block next to the Artem plant in the Shevchenski District in Kyiv with was hit by a Russian cruise missile early on Sunday morning.

 A residential block next to the Artem plant in the Shevchenski District in Kyiv with was hit by a Russian cruise missile early on Sunday morning. CREDIT: JULIAN SIMMONDS/JULIAN SIMMONDS

26 JUNE 2022 • 11:25AM

Ukraine has called on G7 leaders at a meeting in Germany to send more weapons to help defend itself against Russia’s bombardment, hours after strikes hit residential buildings in Kyiv.

“G7 summit must respond with more sanctions on Russia and more heavy arms for Ukraine. Russia’s sick imperialism must be defeated,” Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, tweeted.

Ihor Klymenko, the head of Ukraine’s police force, said that at least five people were wounded when a missile hit a building in central Kyiv on Sunday morning. 

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson urged G7 allies to stand firm in support of Ukraine.

Mr Johnson said that Vladimir Putin must not be allowed to “hack” Russia’s neighbour apart with impunity.

Boris Johnson has heaped praise on Germany for its support for Ukraine but failed to mention France ahead of a meeting with Emmanuel Macron.

The Prime Minister warned of “fatigue in populations and politicians” over support for Ukraine in what will be interpreted as a coded rebuke to Mr Macron.

Asked what he thought of the French and German responses to the war in recent weeks, Mr Johnson gave effusive support for Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor.

Ahead of a meeting with Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson was asked whether France and Germany are doing enough over Ukraine.

In his response, Mr Johnson focused on the German response without mentioning France.

“Just look at what the Germans alone have done,” he said.

“I never believed in my lifetime that I would see a German Chancellor stepping up in the way that Olaf Scholz has and sending weaponry to help the Ukrainians to to protect themselves.

“He’s made huge, huge strides. We have 4% of our gas comes from Russia, in Germany, it’s 40%.

“They’re facing real, real pressures, they’re having to source energy from elsewhere. But they’re doing it. They’re making the effort. They’re making the sacrifice.

“That’s because they see that the price of freedom is worth paying.

Ahead of a meeting with Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson was asked whether France and Germany are doing enough over Ukraine.

In his response, Mr Johnson focused on the German response without mentioning France.

“Just look at what the Germans alone have done,” he said.

“I never believed in my lifetime that I would see a German Chancellor stepping up in the way that Olaf Scholz has and sending weaponry to help the Ukrainians to to protect themselves.

“He’s made huge, huge strides. We have 4% of our gas comes from Russia, in Germany, it’s 40%.

“They’re facing real, real pressures, they’re having to source energy from elsewhere. But they’re doing it. They’re making the effort. They’re making the sacrifice.

“That’s because they see that the price of freedom is worth paying.

Russian strikes on Kyiv – including footage of 7-year-old being rescued

Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital in the early hours of this morning, striking at least two residential buildings, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said, as elsewhere Russian troops consolidated their gains in the east.

Kyiv strike was ‘murderous cowardice’, says British ambassador to Ukraine

Biden thanks Scholz for leadership on Ukraine crisis

 Joe Biden, the US president, thanked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his leadership on the response to the Ukraine crisis as they met for a bilateral talk ahead of a three-day summit of the Group of Seven rich democracies on Sunday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had expected the West to splinter after his invasion of Ukraine but it has and will not, Biden said in a good-humoured exchange with Scholz, who is hosting the summit at a Bavarian alpine resort.

“I want to complement you on stepping up as you did when yuo became Chancellor,” Biden said. “Putin’s being counting on it from the beginning, that somehow NATO and the G7 would splinter, but we haven’t and it’s not going to,” he said.

Blasts heard in central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy 

 Explosions were heard in the central Ukrainian city of Cherkasy on Sunday, regional governor Oleksandr Skichko said on the Telegram app.

He did not give further details. Cherkasy has been largely untouched by bombardment since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. 

West needs to maintain unity, Boris Johnson tells G7

World leaders must recognise the price of supporting Ukraine including the surge in energy and food costs but must also acknowledge that the price of allowing Russia to win would be far higher, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

Speaking at the G7 summit, Mr Johnson said the West needed to maintain its unity in the face of Moscow’s aggression.

“In order to protect that unity, in order to make it work, you’ve got to have really, really honest discussions about the implications of what’s going on, the pressures that individual friends and partners are feeling,” he told reporters.

“But the price of backing down, the price of allowing Putin to succeed, to hack off huge parts of Ukraine, to continue with his programme of conquest, that price will be far, far higher. Everybody here understands that.”

Five wounded in Kyiv missile strike

 At least five people were wounded when a missile hit a building in central Kyiv on Sunday, the head of Ukraine’s police force Ihor Klymenko said on national television

Attack intended to ‘intimidate Ukrainians’, says Kyiv mayor

The first attack on the capital in nearly three weeks was intended to “intimidate Ukrainians… at the approach of the NATO summit,” the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

“Some of the inhabitants have been evacuated. Two wounded people have been hospitalised,” Klitschko said after visiting the apartment building that was hit, adding people remained “under the rubble”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is expected to address both the EU and NATO gatherings, said cities as far away as Lviv, near the Polish border, had been struck by a wave of attacks on Saturday.

“This confirms… that air defence systems – the modern systems which our partners have – should not be on (their current) sites or in storage, but in Ukraine,” he said in his daily address.

Britain to ban Russian gold imports

Britain is set to ban imports of Russian gold in a bid to “starve the Putin regime of its funding”, Boris Johnson has said. 

Arriving at the G7 summit in Bavaria, the Prime Minister said the measures “will directly hit Russian oligarchs and strike at the heart of Putin’s war machine”.

The move is part of a joint step taken by Britain, Canada, Japan and the United States.

Mr Johnson added: “We need to starve the Putin regime of its funding.

The UK and our allies are doing just that.” Legislation to implement the ban will be introduced in Parliament in the coming weeks.

‘There are people under the rubble’

Russian strikes on Kyiv partially destroyed a nine-storey apartment building and caused a fire, the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app.

“There are people under the rubble,” Klitschko said. He added that several people had already been hospitalised.

“They (the rescuers) have pulled out a seven-year-old girl. She is alive. Now they’re trying to rescue her mother.”

Life had been returning to normal in Kyiv after fierce resistance held off Russian advances in the early phase of the war, although air raid sirens regularly sound across the city.

Pictured: Airstrike in Kyiv

 A residential block next to the Artem plant in the Shevchenski District in Kyiv with was hit by a Russian cruise missile early on Sunday morning
A residential block next to the Artem plant in the Shevchenski District in Kyiv with was hit by a Russian cruise missile early on Sunday morning CREDIT: JULIAN SIMMONDS/THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

6 comments

  1. Did anyone see that video?
    It is state terror by a cancerous nazi regime.
    Anyone still doing business with these nazis should be killed.
    Boris’s praise of Scholtz is unfortunately the type of diplomacy that he has to engage in to try to help Ukraine as much as possible. I am sure that privately he despises Macron and Scholtz.

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  2. “I never believed in my lifetime that I would see a German Chancellor stepping up in the way that Olaf Scholz has and sending weaponry to help the Ukrainians to to protect themselves.“ Huh??? Maybe Boris is seeing something I haven’t seen coming from Germany. Maybe Germany is staying quiet on what they’re sending. I know Boris is a politician, but he’s also a dear friend of Ukraine and can’t imagine him lying about German aid. Don’t know what to make out of this!!!

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  3. The G7 and all the other democratic nations of the world MUST, ASAP, step up their efforts to help Ukraine AND to punish the evil country – Russian Federation – that revived the horrors of Nazism and Stalinism!

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