During his visit to Hiroshima on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelensky achieved significant outcomes by obtaining more arms, munitions, and steadfast diplomatic backing from G7 nations. In the midst of this, Russia declares triumph in a highly contested in Bakhmut.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has secured additional arms, munitions, and unwavering diplomatic support from G7 allies during his visit to Hiroshima on Sunday, while Russia claims victory in the battle for a devastated eastern city.

Zelensky met with leaders from the bloc of rich democracies and obtained a commitment from US President Joe Biden to provide further ammunition, artillery, armored vehicles, and access to F-16 jets.

The US package, valued at $375 million, includes additional ammunition for HIMARS rocket launchers, artillery shells, anti-tank guided missiles, and thermal imaging systems.

Zelensky’s unexpected trip to Japan has been a significant diplomatic achievement, bringing Ukraine and Russia’s 15-month-long invasion to the forefront of discussions.

However, despite success in negotiations, challenges persist on the ground, particularly in the ongoing battle for Bakhmut and new Russian claims of control over the eastern city.

Ukrainian forces have been struggling to maintain a presence in Bakhmut, prompting Moscow to deploy substantial numbers of troops in the area.

Zelensky’s visit to Hiroshima, a city symbolizing the horrors of nuclear war, has been described as a deeply meaningful display of support by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, highlighting the unwavering solidarity of the G7 with Ukraine.

In addition to garnering support from allies, Zelensky had the rare opportunity to engage with several nations that have offered limited or no condemnation of Russia’s invasion, including India, Brazil, Vietnam, and Indonesia, who were invited to the summit as non-members.

Zelensky is also seeking support for a 10-point peace plan, with a central demand for Russia to withdraw from Ukrainian territory. Initially scheduled to attend the G7 summit remotely, Zelensky’s presence at the summit in person follows a significant breakthrough in his efforts to acquire advanced weaponry from Western countries.

The White House abandoned its longstanding reluctance and allowed allies to supply Kyiv with F-16 fighter jets, enabling Ukraine to receive its most sophisticated military equipment to date.

Miroslava Salazar with AFP