The ministers from Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States are expected to discuss progress in resolving the Ukraine conflict and also the G7’s relations with Russia, Ukraine Today reports. 

Meanwhile, a Russian delegation was not invited to attend, as last year’s unlawful annexation of Ukrainian Crimea and Moscow’s further military involvement in the conflict in the Donbas has led to global ostracism of the Kremlin, and today the former G8 format is no longer relevant.   

Nearly 3,000 protesters are planning to hold rallies and a protest march against the meeting.

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