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India will do 'whatever we can' on Ukraine crisis: Modi

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Indian PM Narendra Modi shake hands during the G7 leaders' summit in Hiroshima, Japan. —Reuters
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Indian PM Narendra Modi shake hands during the G7 leaders' summit in Hiroshima, Japan. —Reuters
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HIROSHIMA: India will do "whatever we can" to resolve the Ukraine crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Saturday as he met President Volodymyr Zelensky for the first time since Russia's attacks.


"I understand your pain and the pain of Ukrainian citizens very well," Modi said, as the pair met on the sidelines of the Group of 7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan.


"I can assure you that to resolve this India and, me personally, will do whatever we can do," Modi said.


It was the pair's first in-person meeting since Russia's attack began 15 months ago, which New Delhi has pointedly resisted criticising.


A post on Zelensky's Telegram account said he had "thanked India for supporting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of our country, in particular at the sites of international organisations".


Zelensky also thanked Modi for providing humanitarian aid to the war-torn country, and invited India to join the implementation of the "peace formula" initiative devised by Ukraine.


Zelensky arrived in Hiroshima on Saturday afternoon for a surprise in-person appearance after winning US approval for Ukraine to obtain advanced fighter jets.


He quickly embarked on a whirlwind of diplomatic pitstops with leaders from the major developed democracies in the G7, as well as invited developing nations, including India.


Modi also thanked Zelensky for the help provided to Indian students after Russia's attack, the Telegram post added.


The leaders met in Hiroshima, on the sidelines of the G7 summit, where Zelensky arrived for a surprise in-person appearance after winning US approval for Ukraine to obtain advanced fighter jets. He quickly embarked on a whirlwind of diplomatic pitstops with leaders from the seven major developed democracies that make up the G7, as well as invited developing nations, including India.


The Ukrainian leader earlier held talks with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Britain's Rishi Sunak, who he also met days ago on a tour of European allies to drum up support for a planned spring offensive.


A tweet on Modi's official account showed him shaking hands with Zelensky, and the pair holding expanded discussions alongside officials from both countries.


On Telegram, Zelensky said he had thanked Sunak "for the UK's leadership in the international fighter jet coalition". — AFP


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