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Ukraine asks for extra gas, weapon from G7

Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky has called on G7 nations on Monday to provide extra gas and weapons to help Ukraine survive a brutal winter that threatens to bring further suffering to millions in the war-torn country.

During a video conference with the G7 club of wealthy nations on Monday, Zelensky said Ukraine needs “about two billion cubic metres” of additional gas to get through the winter.

He also requested more arms for Ukraine, including “modern tanks” as well as “rocket artillery and more long-range missiles”.

A Senior US Military official said Russia is likely turning to older, less reliable artillery and rocket ammunition as its newer stocks run low.

Zelensky said “Russia still has the advantage in artillery and missiles.

Meanwhile, an international conference hosted by France will kick off in Paris on Tuesday.

The gathering of politicians, blue-chip companies and aid agencies will focus on how Ukraine’s Western allies can provide immediate support to keep its civil infrastructure afloat amid incessant bombing by Russia.

Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, Ukraine’s energy minister German Galushchenko, told AFP in an interview that the war with Russia has completely changed their understanding of nuclear security.

He noted that Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest atomic facility which has raised alarm among western allies.

“This situation absolutely pushes us to rethink what we should do from the point of view of (nuclear) safety,” Galushchenko told AFP.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare