| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

French official: Macron urged Putin to end military operations and protect Ukraine nuclear sites

According to a Macron administration official, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to cease Russia’s military actions in Ukraine and to secure the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear installations.

Macron and Putin spoke over the phone for about two hours on Sunday, according to a French official.

The recent conversations between Putin and Macron were already reported in Russian media. Macron has maintained constant communication with Putin, but, as with previous international attempts, has unable to persuade Moscow to call a halt to a campaign that is already in its 11th day.

Putin said on Sunday that his campaign in Ukraine was going according to plan and would not end until Kyiv stopped fighting, as efforts to evacuate the heavily bombarded city of Mariupol failed for a second day in a row.

Putin made those comments in a phone call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who appealed for a ceasefire in the conflict that the United Nations says has created the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two.

  • Reuters