Ukraine

Macron does not rule out sending fighter jets to Ukraine

International — Link

'Nothing is excluded in principle,' said French President Emmmanuel Macron after talks on Monday with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte when asked about the possibility of sending jets to Kyiv as it battles Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine set to get French scout ‘tanks’

France — Link

Ukraine is getting AMX-10RC armored vehicles from French stocks; the six-wheel AMX-10RC with its 105-millimeter gun looks like a tank, but without the tracks.

Donors pledge 1bln euros of aid for Ukraine in Paris conference

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An international donor conference in Paris on Tuesday racked up substantial promises of financial and in-kind support for Ukraine in response to sustained Russian aerial bombardment of critical infrastructure that has plunged millions of civilians into deepening cold and dark.

Mykolaiv and Dnipro: a tale of two cities under attack

Europe — Report

The true toll of civilian casualties in the war in Ukraine remains unclear, with estimates ranging from 17,000 dead and wounded (according to UN figures) to more than 40,000 dead (according to the US military). Following Ukraine’s recapture earlier this month of the southern city of Kherson, Russia has intensified its missile strikes across the country, many of them landing on civilian areas. Mediapart’s Mathilde Goanec reports here from two cities targeted by the attacks: Mykolaiv, in the south-east, close to the Black Sea, and Dnipro, in the centre-south.

Retired French lieutenant general slams Europe’s ‘tragic’ military capacity

Défense et diplomatie — Interview

The war in Ukraine has both demonstrated and heightened the dependence of European countries on US military support, while also creating divisions in their defence strategies, notably between Germany and France. In this interview with Justine Brabant, retired French army lieutenant general Jean-Paul Perruche, who served at a senior level in NATO and as director general of the European Union military staff, offers his analysis of the challenges now facing Europe. He argues why it must build a structure to allow for common military autonomy with pragmatic plans to deal with future threats. “It’s really quite pitiful that we are incapable of doing anything, whereas we have four times the budget of the Russians,” he says. “It’s tragic.”

How France has lagged behind allies over military aid for Ukraine

International

On Monday October 10th the Élysée announced “new measures to support Ukraine militarily”. Two days later President Emmanuel Macron said France would be sending air-defence systems to the country after the recent Russian missile attacks. Up to now the French government has concealed exactly how much military support it has given to Kyiv since Russia's invasion in February, justifying this on the grounds of operational secrecy. However, a think tank has now detailed the military aid that all countries have given to Ukraine, and these figures show that France trails behind other key allies. Justine Brabant and Donatien Huet report.

France to deliver air-defence systems to Ukraine, says Macron

International — Link

The president said that France was also negotiating to send six Caesar mobile artillery units to Ukraine.

France creates 100m-euro fund for Ukraine to buy weapons

International — Link

President Macron saiddiscussions were being held, particularly with Denmark, to deliver more highly accurate Caesar truck-mounted cannons to Ukraine, on top of the 18 it has already given.

French FM makes third visit to Ukraine

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French foreign minister Catherine Colonna on Tuesday made her third visit to Ukraine since taking up her post in May,  holding talks in Kyiv with her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba and with Ukraine's top prosecutor, Andriy Kostin. 

France's Macron assails Putin's 'brutal attack' on Ukraine

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French president accused the Russian leader of launching a “brutal attack” on Ukraine in an imperialist, revanchist violation of national borders.

'Bloodlands' author Timothy Snyder on why Russia’s war against Ukraine is 'genocide'

International — Interview

In this interview with Mediapart, Yale University professor of history Timothy Snyder, a specialist on eastern European history and notably Ukraine, author of Bloodlands, his internationally acclaimed book about mass murders in central and eastern Europe beginning in the 1930s, argues why he believes Russia’s war against Ukraine amounts to genocide in the full legal sense of the term. He also sketches Ukraine’s long history of resistance to oppression, the singular character of its society, and why it is vital for the future Europe, and even Russia, that Ukraine wins the war.

Macron backs Ukraine’s bid to join EU during trip to Kyiv

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French president joined Scholz and Draghi in trip to Ukrainian capital. 

Macron condemns Russian 'massacre' as EU leaders visit Kyiv

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French head of state was speaking in the town of Irpin while on a visit with the German, Italian and Romanian leaders to show support for Ukraine.

Macron, Scholz and Draghi arrive in Kyiv for historic visit

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The French president and other two EU leaders were greeted with air raid sirens in Ukrainian capital.

French volunteer fighter killed in Ukraine

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The young man had reportedly joined a foreign defence unit in Ukraine and was involved in fighting around the north-east city of Kharkiv.