President Volodymyr Zelenskyy likens the “utter annihilation” of Bakhmut, in Ukraine, to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, in 1945, at the G7 conference on May 21.
Comparison of Bakhmut’s “Destruction” to Hiroshima
The longest and bloodiest combat of Russia’s invasion occurred in Bakhmut, which had a pre-war population of 70,000 people. Images from Bakhmut revealed a destroyed city throughout the months of intensive fighting. The Hiroshima pictures make me think of Bakhmut. There is nothing alive at all. Mr. Zelenskyy remarked, “All the buildings are destroyed. Nothing is present. No one is around.”
Mr. Zelenskyy said that he was motivated to rebuild Ukrainian cities and towns that had been destroyed by the invasion and Japan’s reconstruction of Hiroshima. He declared, “Hiroshima has been rebuilt now.” We dream of rebuilding our destroyed cities and every abandoned village after the Russian attacks.
Zelenskyy said, “ Bakhmut is not occupied”
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Russian private military company Wagner, claimed to have conquered Bakhmut on Saturday after months of violent battle and promised to deliver it to Russia later in May.
Zelenskyy said there were Russian forces in Bakhmut but argued it was “not occupied” without providing a precise response. At the news conference, Zelenskiy stated that Ukrainian soldiers were still engaged in combat within the city of Bakhmut and were performing “important tasks”. They are in Bakhmut right now, although I won’t tell you where. This, however, suggests that the Russian Federation has not yet taken Bakhmut into confinement. There aren’t any alternate or competing theories about this.
Support for Ukraine at G7 Summit
Zelenskyy’s entrance, which rapidly took center stage at the weekend summit, was followed by a flurry of one-on-one and group talks in which he pleaded with the assembled leaders to continue supporting his nation. He was given hugs, handshakes, and pats on the back all throughout the day.
At the G7 summit, Biden unveiled a $375 million package of military aid for Ukraine that included artillery and armored vehicles. He assured Zelenskiy that the US was making every effort to bolster Ukraine’s defenses against Russia. With the support of the entire G7, we have Ukraine’s back, and I can assure you that we’re not leaving.”
Biden informed the G7 leaders at the conference that Washington supports joint alliance training programs for Ukrainian F-16 pilots. Zelenskiy stated that he was convinced Kyiv would obtain clear, public pledges for the delivery of the fighter jets.
Mr. Zelensky had extended an invitation to Mr. Modi to visit Ukraine, according to foreign secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra. He continued by saying that the PM had “clearly expressed India’s support for dialogue and diplomacy to find a way forward.” Mr. Modi also pledged that India would continue to support the Ukrainian people on a humanitarian basis. India would make every effort to put an end to the conflict via discussion and diplomacy and to lessen the suffering of the Ukrainian people.
Despite worries that some nations would become weary as the war continued into its second year, Zelensky had remarkable success in the weeks leading up to the summit in getting commitments of aid.