Ukraine at the center of diplomatic marathon

26 June 2022, Bavaria, Elmau: Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (front l-r) Joe Biden, President of the United States, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) , behind (l-r) Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (EU), Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, sit at the first working session on the global economic situation during the G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau. Germany is hosting the G7 summit of economically strong democracies from June 26 to 28, 2022. On the first day of the summit, the global economic situation, climate protection and foreign and security policy with sanctions against Russia will be discussed. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa (Photo by SVEN HOPPE / DPA / dpa Picture-Alliance via AFP)

World leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Joe Biden are due on Tuesday to leave the Group of Seven meeting in Germany and head to Spain for a NATO summit. Before their departure the G7 leaders issued a statement condemning Russia’s deadly attack on a Ukrainian shopping centre on Monday as a war crime.

The Group of Seven leaders have branded the Russian air strike which hit a crowded shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk in central Ukraine as a war crime.

in a statement of condemnation they said “Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime,” further they noted in a statement condemning Monday’s “abominable attack”. The leaders vowed that Russian President Vladimir Putin and those responsible would be held to account for the strike.

Ukraine accused Russia of deliberately targeting civilians, with President Volodymyr Zelensky calling it “one of the most brazen terrorist acts in European history” in his evening broadcast posted on Telegram.

Dmytro Lunin, governor of the Poltava region where Kremenchuk is located, on Tuesday said the death toll had risen to 18 people.

The summit of the G7 – which comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – ends Tuesday and will be immediately followed by a NATO meeting in Spain. (Curtesy France 24)

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