Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian delegation to the G7 Summit depart today from Hiroshima, Japan. While at the
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian delegation to the G7 Summit depart today from Hiroshima, Japan.
While at the conference, Zelenskyy secured multiple agreements, including a $375 million aid package from the US, a deal with the US and UK to train Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets, and expanded sanctions on Russian imports of EU tools and industrial machinery.
Ukraine is running low on munitions and weaponry, including howitzer shells, HIMARS rockets and air defense missiles. To address munitions shortages, the US announced earlier this month that it would provide Ukraine with a $1.2 billion military aid package, while the EU set aside $550 million to replenish Ukraine’s and their own ammunition stockpiles. Despite military aid from both the US and EU, Ukraine lost control of Bakhmut earlier this week following a Russian offensive and ongoing missile attacks.
Production bottlenecks and internal political squabbling in the US and EU could limit the effectiveness of the aid that Zelenskyy secured in Hiroshima. However, the aid may increase the chance of a successful Ukrainian counter-offensive should its arrival coincide with the start of the offensive. Despite the size of these aid packages, Ukraine’s sheer expenditure of material and the inability of its arms sector to keep pace means that more packages will likely be necessary in the coming months.