French President Emmanuel Macron, in a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on April 30, promised to step up military and humanitarian aid to Kyiv. This was reported by the TV channel BFM, citing sources.
According to the channel, Macron promised Zelensky “to strengthen assistance to Ukraine in defensive weapons and humanitarian support.” According to the Elysee Palace, the telephone conversation between the two leaders lasted an hour.
On April 22, Macron announced that France plans to send Caesar 155-mm self-propelled artillery mounts to Ukraine. At the same time, the politician stressed that he seeks to arm Kyiv, “without crossing the” red line “, which is “not to be a party to the conflict.”
On April 11, the French ambassador to Ukraine, Etienne de Poncins, announced that a group of French gendarmes had arrived in Lviv to “help Ukrainian colleagues in investigating war crimes.” The diplomat pointed out that the French are “the first to provide such assistance.”
On March 18, it was reported that readers of the French newspaper Le Figaro expressed dissatisfaction with the decision of the authorities to allocate financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of €300 million. For France, in their opinion, this is a fall into the hole of an already large national debt.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. The Kremlin explained that the tasks of the special operation include the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, the implementation of which is necessary to ensure the security of Russia. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the LPR and DPR as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military.