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France will help Ukraine more

France will help Ukraine more

The Elysee announced on Saturday after a meeting between re-elected President Emmanuel Macron and his counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky that France will boost sending military equipment to Ukraine in addition to its humanitarian aid to the country.

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While the Ukrainian president thanked him for the “large shipments of military equipment that contribute to the Ukrainian resistance,” the French head of state “indicated that this support will continue to be strengthened, as well as the humanitarian assistance provided by France,” according to a statement.

“The mission of French experts to contribute to the collection of evidence to combat impunity and enable the work of international justice related to crimes committed in the context of Russian aggression will be extended,” he added.

The United States, France, the Czech Republic, and other allies provided Kyiv with hundreds of long-range artillery pieces to help it counter the Moscow offensive in the Donbass (east). Paris, for its part, sends out ultra-modern self-propelled Caesar rifles.

According to the Elysee on Saturday, the French humanitarian aid to Ukraine at this stage represents “more than 615 tons of equipment sent, including medical equipment, hospital generators, food aid, housing and emergency vehicles.”

Mr Macron insisted his “desire to work actively during his second term to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, always maintaining close coordination with its European partners and allies”. He also indicated “France’s readiness to contribute to an agreement that provides security guarantees for Ukraine.”

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Mr Macron told Volodymyr Zelensky of his “concern” after Thursday’s Russian bombing of Kyiv, as well as about the “unbearable situation in Mariupol, despite his repeated calls to the Russian president for respect of international humanitarian law”.