The damning evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine

International — Investigation

Footage from the war in Ukraine, analysed by Mediapart in this video report, shows how, since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, civilian residential areas around the country have become the systematic target of indiscriminate bombings by Russian forces, and notably with the use of cluster munitions.

Exiled Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev on Putin’s ‘junta’ and why Ukraine marks its downfall

International — Interview

Exiled Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev, who became dubbed “the Kremlin’s banker”, was once part of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, until he was eventually cast out by the Russian president and took refuge abroad. In this interview with Mediapart, he details how Putin and his close allies, what he calls “a junta which has captured power, all the money and all the institutions of the state”, function. He denounces a system of corruption on a vast scale, including that of foreign politicians, argues why the decision to wage war on Ukraine marks “the end of Putin’s Russia”, and describes French President Emmanuel Macron’s frequent calls to Putin as “ridiculous”.

Paris schools prepare to take in refugee children from Ukraine

France — Link

Amid increasing numbers of refugees arriving in France from war-ravaged Ukraine, the municipal authorities in Paris have set up special provisions for integrating Ukranian children into the city's schools.

Putin shows no will to end war in Ukraine, says Macron's office

International — Link

The French presidential office, the Élysée  Palace, has said that during a conference call on Saturday between Russian President Vladimir Putin, France's president Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin showed no willingness to end the war with Ukraine.

EU leaders meeting in Versailles say no rapid adhesion for Ukraine

International — Link

A two-day informal meeting of EU leaders hosted by France in Versailles began on Thursday, when they made clear that there could be no fast-track offer to Ukraine of joining the bloc.

France slams UK's 'lack of humanity' towards Ukrainian refugees

International — Link

French interior minister Gérald Darmanin has accused the British authorities of 'a lack of humanity' over their 'completely unsuitable' arrangements for Ukrainian refugees in the French port of Calais where, he said, a lack of consular services led to 150 refugees trying to cross the Channel being told to seek visas in Paris or Brussels.

Putin tells Macron Russia will reach aims via 'negotiation or war'

International — Link

Macron found Putin "very determined to achieve his objectives", including on "what the Russian president calls the 'de-Nazification' and the 'neutralisation' of Ukraine", said Élysée official.

Former French Foreign Legion soldiers on the front line in Ukraine


The Russian invasion has caused a stir inside the French Foreign Legion which has around 700 Ukrainians in its ranks. There have been media rumours of desertions by soldiers who want to go and fight in Ukraine, and the commanding officer has gone public with an appeal for troops to honour their oath to the Legion. Mediapart has meanwhile identified several former legionnaires who are already on the front line and has spoken to one there who claims there are 'a hundred' current and former legionnaire already in Ukraine. Sébastien Bourdon reports.

Why we need a new spirit of internationalism to counter Russian imperialism

France — Opinion

The invasion of Ukraine is now forcing the world to face up to the unprecedented threat posed by Russian imperialism. In this op-ed article, Mediapart’s publishing editor Edwy Plenel argues that what is needed is a surge of international solidarity to defend and help the Ukrainian people who are resisting that aggression.

Putin alone chose war, says Macron

International — Link

In a  TV address, the French president denounced the "lies" spread by the Russian government to justify  war in Ukraine, but said he would remain in contact with President Putin to try to obtain a ceasefire.

The French far-right's embarrassing pre-invasion views on Russia and Ukraine

International — Analysis

The French presidential election is about to get underway in earnest with President Emmanuel Macron finally set to announce his candidature ahead of the elections in April. According to opinion polls his two main rivals are both from the far-right: the Rassemblement National president Marine Le Pen and maverick polemicist Éric Zemmour. Yet both are set to be embarrassed by the far-right's long-held support of Vladimir Putin at a time when Russia has just sparked outrage around the world by invading Ukraine. As historian Nicolas Lebourg reports, the two candidates will find it hard to reconcile the far-right's general support for Putin's regime and the risk of being seen as traitors to French national interests.

France's Ukrainian community fear 'another Chechnya' in their homeland


For the Ukrainian community in France the news of Russia's invasion of their country sparked fears for families back home and concern over the spectre of a European war, while also prompting a desire to show solidarity. Four young Ukrainian and Russian woman from Toulouse, a city in south-west France which is twinned with Kyiv, told Mediapart of their reaction to the dramatic and tragic events of Thursday February 24th. Emmanuel Riondé reports.

Champions League final to move from Russia to France

International — Link

The final will now be played at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28th instead of in St Petersburg.

Macron calls on Russia to end military actions in Ukraine

International — Link

Macron's office said France had decided to convene a national defence council meeting on Thursday morning.

How Macron and the West failed to deter Putin on Ukraine

International — Link

Russian leader’s intransigence meant French president's talks in Moscow were a high-risk strategy, say diplomats.