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G7 vowed to hold Vladimir Putin accountable for ‘war crimes’ in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin and his forces have been charged with war crimes by the UK and its allies after a spate of missile and drone strikes on Ukrainian cities.

Prime Minister Liz Truss and her G7 democrat allies condemned the attacks “in the strongest possible terms”, adding that “indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilian populations constitute a war crime”.

Russia launched another wave of missile and drone strikes on Tuesday, hitting power plants and civilian areas across Ukraine.

The blasts followed a barrage that killed 19 people and injured dozens more in cities including the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Monday.

Following the crisis talks, G7 leaders issued a statement promising to “hold President Putin and those responsible to account”.

The group dismissed the “illegal attempted annexation” of four areas of Ukraine and vowed to tighten sanctions against Moscow.

“We have and will continue to impose further economic costs on Russia, including individuals and organizations – inside and outside Russia – that politically or economically support Russia’s illegal attempts to change the status of Ukrainian territory,” the G7 said -Explanation.

Leaders also warned Moscow that any use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons would have “serious consequences.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed leaders of the G7 – the US, UK, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and the European Union – at Tuesday’s virtual meeting.

They assured him that they would remain “undeterred and steadfast” in their support for his nation.

“We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military, diplomatic and legal support and remain loyal to Ukraine for as long as necessary,” they said.

The G7 also said any “just peace” should include respect for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, and could also include reparations funds from Russia.

The Kremlin’s shift in strategy toward attacks on civilian areas and infrastructure followed Ukraine’s strike on the strategically and symbolically important Kerch Bridge, which connects Russia to the annexed Crimea peninsula.

Downing Street said Tuesday Ms Truss still hopes to visit Ukraine “as soon as possible”.

The head of the GCHQ intelligence agency said Putin’s regime was becoming increasingly desperate due to a lack of weapons, allies and troops.

Sir Jeremy Fleming said Moscow still has a “very capable military machine” despite the shortcomings, although burdened by the conflict.

Mr Putin has warned of the possible use of nuclear weapons to defend Russian territory – a definition he could extend to the occupied regions of Ukraine.

Sir Jeremy said he hopes Britain will see “indicators” from Russia before nuclear weapons are deployed, which would be a “disaster”.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “We think Russia is running out of ammunition, it’s certainly running out of friends and we’ve seen it run out of troops from the mobilization statement.”

Sir Jeremy said Moscow’s commanders were “concerned about the state of their military machine,” adding: “The word I used is ‘desperate’ and we can see that despair at many levels within Russian society and within the Russian military machine see.”

Asked if GCHQ would know if Mr Putin was considering using nuclear weapons, Sir Jeremy said: “I think any talk about nuclear weapons is very dangerous and we have to be very careful how we talk about it.

“I realize that while we may not like and in many ways detest the way the Russian military machine and President Putin are waging this war, they remain with the doctrine we understand for their use, including for nuclear weapons .

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