Zelenskyy touts diplomatic achievements, including visit to Japan for G7 summit

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has hailed his recent diplomatic achievements, including his participation in the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, Japan.

Zelenskyy arrived in Hiroshima on Saturday after attending an Arab League summit the previous day in Saudi Arabia. He joined G7 and non-G7 leaders at two sessions on Sunday.

Ukraine's presidential office released a video message by Zelenskyy on Sunday night, after the G7 summit meeting concluded.

The president noted that the world is attentive to Ukraine's position.

Zelenskyy said, "We have an understanding with the world majority on every important point for Ukraine," including the imperative of reclaiming all Ukrainian territory.

Zelenskyy thanked the G7 for bringing up the Ukraine situation as one of the key agenda items. He said, "The respect for all Ukrainians is special."

Meanwhile, the Russian presidential office on Sunday announced the completion of its military operation to "liberate" Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine.

The Kremlin said that President Vladimir Putin had congratulated the private military firm Wagner Group as well as Russian service personnel.

Bakhmut is one of the key battlegrounds in the eastern region of Donetsk, where Russian and Ukrainian troops have been locked in fierce fighting.

Ahead of the announcement, the Russian defense ministry claimed its armed forces and the Wagner Group had taken full control of the city.

Zelenskyy denied Russia's claims at a news conference after the G7 summit on Sunday.

Ukraine's army commander Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi stressed that the country's forces are continuing their offensive operations.

He posted a video on social media on Sunday showing himself visiting soldiers on the frontline near Bakhmut.