G7 leaders pledge to hold Putin responsible for Ukraine missile strikes

Russia accuses Ukrainian chief of military intelligence of being the mastermind behind Crimean bridge blast

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Group of seven (G7) leaders have condemned Russian missile strikes on Ukraine and pledged to hold Putin responsible for them.

According to a report in TRT world, on Tuesday, during an online conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, G7 leaders stated, “We condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms and recall that indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilian populations constitute a war crime.” They added, “We will hold President Putin and those responsible to account.”

In a joint statement, the leaders stated that they will resume providing financial, humanitarian, military, diplomatic, and legal assistance to Ukraine for as long as required.

During the conference, the group of core democracies ensures Zelensky that all sorts of support will be provided to Ukraine to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“No country wants peace more than Ukraine, whose people have suffered death, displacement, and countless atrocities as the result of Russian aggression,” they said.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Zelenskyy could count on the “solidarity of Germany and the other G7 states”.

G7 leaders also warned Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko who announced the deployment of joint forces with Russia.

“The announcement of a joint military group with Russia constitutes the most recent example of the Belarusian regime’s complicity with Russia.”

The statement also urged the “Lukashenko regime to fully abide by its obligations under international law”.

Meanwhile, the Russian security service – FSB – stated that eight out of 12 suspects were taken into custody over the attack on the Crimea Bridge.

The report issued by FSB accused Ukrainian Chief of Military Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov of being the mastermind behind Crimean bridge blast.

According to Russia’s Federal Security Service, the explosives used in the attack were sent from Odessa through Bulgaria, Georgia, and Armenia and were hidden in rolls of film.

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