Russia-Ukraine war live: Zelenskiy to attend G7 in person as leaders prepare new sanctions against Moscow

Ukrainian official confirms Zelenskiy’s in-person appearance at G7

We now have official confirmation of Zelenskiy’s planned in-person visit to the G7.

Zelenskiy will travel to Japan for a G7 summit in Hiroshima, a top Ukrainian security official told state television on Friday.

“Very important things will be decided there and it is therefore the presence of our president that is absolutely essential in order to defend our interests,” Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, said.

Updated at 01.30 EDT

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This article was written by Martin Belam (now) and Helen Sullivan (earlier) and originally published on