(Bloomberg) -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy suggested his country was losing control of Bakhmut after months of fierce fighting in the eastern city.
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He met with leaders from the Group of Seven nations in Japan over the weekend — though there was tension over Brazil’s discomfort at seeing him there. At a news conference he was asked directly if Bakhmut was still in Ukraine’s hands. His answer: “I think no.”
Zelenskiy’s mission was to rally support ahead of a widely anticipated counteroffensive. He was able to leave having secured US President Joe Biden’s nod to receive F-16 fighter jets — though the timing is unclear as well as which countries will provide them.
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--With assistance from Isabel Reynolds.
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