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Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday urged Group of Seven leaders to maintain their support for Ukraine next year while outlining three steps to secure peace.

More military equipment: In a video statement, Zelensky said the first step was a “new force” and he asked for more military equipment from the G7.

“Russia still has the advantage in artillery and missiles, that’s a fact,” Zelensky said in his statement. “Ukraine needs modern tanks – and I ask you to provide us with this defensive capability. It can be done now.

He also said Ukraine needed more “long-range rocket and missile artillery”, adding that Ukraine needed “constant artillery support with guns and shells”.

“The more effective we are with such weapons, the shorter the Russian aggression will be,” he said.

Support for financial and energy stability: The second step, according to Zelensky, was for leaders to maintain financial, energy and social stability over the next year.

He also asked the G7 to commit to increasing gas aid for Ukraine.

“The terror against our power stations forced us to use more gas than expected. That’s why we need extra support during this particular winter,” Zelensky said. “We are talking about the volume of about 2 billion cubic meters of gas that must be purchased additionally.”

New diplomacy: In the third and final step, Zelensky said Ukraine wanted to offer a peace solution, starting with asking Russia to start withdrawing its troops this Christmas.

“I propose that Russia take a concrete and significant step towards a diplomatic settlement, which is so regularly mentioned by Moscow,” he said. “Very soon we will have a holiday celebrated by billions of people. Christmas – according to the Gregorian calendar or New Year’s and Christmas – according to the Julian calendar,” Zelensky said.

“Now is the time for normal people to think about peace, not aggression. I suggest Russia at least try to prove that it is capable of abandoning aggression.
“If Russia withdraws its troops from Ukraine, it will ensure a lasting cessation of hostilities.”

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