'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.

French journalist killed in Ukraine

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Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, 32,  was accompanying the evacuation of civilians from a zone in eastern Ukraine on Monday when what was reportedly a bomb from Russian artillery fire struck the vehicle he was travelling in.

Macron says Ukraine bid to join EU will probably take 'decades'

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French President Emmanuel Macron, addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, said Ukraine's application to join the European Union, launched in February soon after Russia's invasion of the country, 'would take several years indeed, probably several decades'.

Macron pledges more French arms and aid to Ukraine

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French president's pledge to offer more backing came during a one-hour telephone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

How a Le Pen election victory could affect war in Ukraine

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French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who will face incumbent Emmanuel Macron in a final round of the elections on April 24th, has close ties to the Kremlin while her party has received significant funding from Russian banks, wants France to leave NATO, seeks to weakenn the EU, and is opposed to sanctions against Russian oil and gas exports.

Zelensky 'pained' by Macron's cautioning against 'genocide' claims

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Speaking in a television interview about Russian killings of civilians in Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron said the Russian army had clearly committed war crimes but cautioned against describing the atrocities involving 'brotherly' peoples as 'genocide', prompting Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky to retort that Macron's reaction was 'painful'.

Le Pen opposes sanctions on Russian oil and gas

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The French far-right presidential election candidate Marine Le Pen, who will face Emmanuel Macron in a deciding vote between the two on April 24th and who has previously shown support for the Kremlin over its conflict with Ukraine, has said she is opposed to sanctions on Russian oil and gas.

Macron calls Polish PM 'a far-right anti-Semite'

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Poland on Friday summoned France's ambassador over French President Emmanuel Macron's comment that Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is 'a far-right anti-Semite who bans LGBT people', made in reaction to Morawiecki's criticism of Macron's repeated talks with Vladimir Putin, which he likened to negotiating with Adolf Hitler. 

French priest and researcher of massacres now focuses on Ukraine

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Father Patrick Desbois, 66, who has spent two decades researching and publishing the facts of mass killings, from the lesser known atrocities of WWII to the massacre of Yazidis by the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and is now collecting testimonies of the horrific events unfolding in the war in Ukraine. 

French military spy chief quits after Ukraine failings, sources say

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General Eric Vidaud is reportedly leaving his post after Paris failed to accurately predict – in contrast with western allies – that Russia would launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

French fears over 'another Syria' as 150 fighters head to Ukraine

International— Investigation

Fighters have been arriving from all corners of the planet to help defend Ukraine itself against the Russian invasion. Mediapart has been told that these foreign fighters include around 150 from France. The authorities in Paris meanwhile worry there could be a repeat of the problems seen during the Syrian war when French fighters went to combat Bashar al-Assad's regime – and came back radicalised. Sébastien Bourdon and Matthieu Suc report.