Ukrainian President arrives in Japan to attend G7 summit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has arrived in Hiroshima to attend the G7 summit. This is his first trip to Asia since Russia's invasion began in February last year.

The plane carrying Zelenskyy arrived in Hiroshima on Saturday afternoon. Japan's government says Zelenskyy will join G7 leaders at two sessions on Sunday -- one dealing directly with the war in Ukraine, the other an outreach session on global peace and stability that will include non-G7 leaders.

After he arrived, he posted a message on social media, saying "Japan. G7. Important meetings with partners and friends of Ukraine." He added, "Security and enhanced cooperation for our victory. Peace will become closer today."

He is also expected to meet one-on-one with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio. Ukraine's government has told local media that Zelenskyy will meet US President Joe Biden.

The second day of the summit is in full swing. The heads of eight invited countries and other representatives have joined the G7 leaders.

Kishida said, "I am very happy to welcome people from partner countries and international organizations to Hiroshima. At this session, I would like to discuss how we can take united responses to the complex crises facing the world."

Those challenges include the food crisis caused in part by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Energy security is also on the agenda at Saturday's meeting.