| 28 May 2022, Saturday |

France’s Macron says dialogue with Putin stalled after mass killings discovered in Ukraine

Following the discovery of mass deaths in Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron stated on Monday that his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin has come to a halt.

“Because of the killings we uncovered in Bucha and other places, the conflict has taken a different course, therefore I haven’t spoken to him personally since, but I don’t rule out doing so in the future,” Macron said on France 5 television.

Russia has denounced allegations that its soldiers murdered people in Bucha while taking the town as a “monstrous fiction” aimed at demeaning the Russian army.

When asked why he did not follow the lead of other European leaders and fly to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, Macron stated that a show of support was not required following Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.

“I will go back to Kyiv, but I will bring something practical with me… because it’s evident that I don’t need to visit there to demonstrate this solidarity,” Macron said, adding that he has spoken to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy approximately 40 times since the war began.

  • Reuters