(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Leaders of the G7 nations held a virtual emergency meeting on Tuesday, during which Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, addressed the group.
The emergency meeting was called just one day following Russia initiating lethal attacks in 15 Ukrainian cities following an explosion on the bridge that connects Russia’s illegally annexed Crimea region of Ukraine to mainland Russia. More airstrikes targeted cities in Ukraine on Tuesday, including in Kyiv, the capital of the country.
After the emergency meeting concluded, the leaders of the group released a statement that read:
“We condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms and recall that indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilian populations constitute a war crime. We will hold [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin and those responsible to account.”
The G7 leaders included 13 points in their statement, emphasizing that they “will stand firmly with Ukraine for as long as it takes.” They also outwardly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the country’s “illegal attempted annexation of Ukraine’s regions,” as well as the military and financial support they plan to continue sending to Ukraine.
The recent attacks carried out by Russia targeted not just Ukraine’s energy infrastructure but many residential homes and neighborhoods as well. In the attacks, it was reported that at least 14 people died and another 90 were injured.
On Monday, President Joe Biden spoke with Zelenskyy by phone, vowing that the U.S. will continue to give support to Ukraine. In response to the attacks that Putin has initiated, Biden said:
“These attacks killed and injured civilians and destroyed targets with no military purpose. They once again demonstrate the utter brutality of Mr. Putin’s illegal war on the Ukrainian people.”
Since the war began back in February, the U.S. has provided more than $15 billion to Ukraine in military aid.
Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, took to Twitter to condemn the attacks, writing:
“The Kremlin’s strikes in Ukraine today hit non-military targets and killed civilians. They demonstrate again who is in the right and who is in the wrong. To the people of Ukraine: The United States stands with you.”
Putin himself said the missile attacks were initiated in retaliation for the explosion on the Crimea bridge that occurred during the weekend. The damage to the bridge essentially cut off what was a major supply route that linked Crimea in Ukraine to mainland Russia.
The emergency G7 meeting was called by Germany and Ukraine following the attacks. During a video address he recorded on Monday, Zelenskyy said of Russia:
“They are trying to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the earth. Completely. Destory our people who are sleeping at home in Zaporizhzhia. Kill people on their. way to work in Dnipro and Kyiv.”
For its part, Russia has said there will be no end in sight to these attacks. In fact, Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of the country’s Security Council, said the missile attacks would continue until Russia achieves the “complete dismantling” of the “political regime” in Ukraine.