Leaders of the G7, including President Joe Biden, have agreed to set up a multiagency platform to coordinate aid to Ukraine. Monday’s agreement followed a virtual summit between G7 leaders and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who appealed for new shipments of tanks, artillery, long-range rockets and other weapons. Zelensky also called on allies to ship natural gas to Ukraine amid rolling blackouts caused by a wave of Russian attacks on Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure.
President Volodymyr Zelensky: “The terrorism against our power stations resulted in the necessity of using more gas than we had planned. That’s why we need more support, especially this winter. We are talking about an additional 2 billion cubic meters of natural gas. This is the extra amount we need to buy.”
Overnight, Ukraine’s military damaged a key bridge near the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol in southern Ukraine, in the latest setback for Russian forces.