Japan officially says Zelenskyy will attend G7 summit in Hiroshima

The Japanese government has officially announced that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will visit Japan to attend the Group of Seven summit underway in Hiroshima.

Zelenskyy is likely to arrive in the western Japanese city on Saturday afternoon.

The government said he will join the G7 leaders as a guest at two sessions on Sunday -- a session on the war in Ukraine and an outreach session including eight non-G7 leaders on peace and stability.

Officials said Zelenskyy is also expected to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.

When Kishida met Zelenskyy in Kyiv in March, they agreed that Zelenskyy would attend the G7 Hiroshima Summit online.

Japanese officials said the plan was changed after Zelenskyy later expressed a strong desire to participate in the summit in person.

Kishida hopes to assure Zelenskyy of the G7's unwavering solidarity with Ukraine by telling him directly that it remains committed to supporting his country and continuing sanctions against Russia.