| 24 May 2024, Friday |

France to step up help for Ukraine in ‘all forms’, Government

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said following a government crisis meeting hosted by President Emmanuel Macron, who is set to address the French public later in the day, that France will strengthen its support for Ukraine.

“Following Russia’s decision to wage war on Ukraine, President called a Defense Council meeting this morning to assess the situation,” the Elysee stated, adding that the president will give a speech shortly.

In a second statement, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated that France will strengthen its assistance for Ukraine “in all forms,” without elaborating on whether this includes military measures.

“This war decision is a flagrant breach of international law.” It will have immediate and significant implications, as well as a high price tag,” Le Drian added.

On Thursday, Russian forces launched missiles at numerous Ukrainian cities and landed troops on the country’s shore, according to officials and the media, after President Vladimir Putin approved a “special military operation” in the east.

Macron talked to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiyy on the phone earlier, according to the French presidential palace, who had requested several interventions in favor of his nation.

Putin, according to Zelenskiyy, sought to eliminate the Ukrainian state.

In response to Russia’s “barbaric aggression” on Ukraine, European Union officials will gather in an emergency summit later on Thursday to consider fresh, severe measures.

  • Reuters