In the coming weeks, France will train and equip several battalions with dozens of armored vehicles and light tanks, including the AMX-10RC.
This is stated in the statement of the presidents of Ukraine and the French Republic during a meeting in Pariswhich is published on the website of the head of state.
The presidents of Ukraine and France once again declared their unequivocal condemnation of Russia’s long-term military aggression against Ukraine. Ukraine demonstrated extraordinary determination in exercising its inalienable right to self-defense against this unprovoked and unjustified attack. Russia must immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its troops from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. France and Ukraine separately call on Russia to withdraw from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZAEP), whose irresponsible seizure and militarization by the Russian armed forces poses a serious threat.
“France remains steadfast in its commitment to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. France highly appreciates the determination and courage of the Ukrainian people and the Armed Forces and recognizes their significant contribution to the security of the European continent and beyond. France will continue to provide political, financial, humanitarian and military support to Ukraine as long as it is needed – individually and through international cooperation within the European Union, NATO, the United Nations and in other formats,” the statement said.
While protecting the security of the European continent, France, Ukraine and other partners also protect the rules-based international order.
The military support that France has provided since the beginning of the war to enable Ukraine to defend itself will continue as new military packages are prepared with constant consideration of Ukraine’s most urgent and urgent needs to strengthen its defense capabilities. France seeks to ensure full capacity in all areas.
France is focusing its efforts on supporting Ukraine’s air defense capabilities to protect its population from Russian strikes. In addition to the national contribution, the French Republic actively participates in the activities of the European Union and NATO regarding military aid to Ukraine and training of the Ukrainian military.
In addition to military aid, the French Republic provided Ukraine with civil aid, including financial, humanitarian and emergency support. In particular, France transferred two mobile DNA laboratories to Ukraine to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to investigate war crimes. This assistance will continue to grow.
The French Republic supports Ukraine’s initiative for a just and sustainable peace based on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Ukrainian peace formula contains a number of important provisions, many of which France is already working on. France expresses its support for the Ukrainian peace formula and is ready to cooperate with Ukraine to ensure the widest possible international participation in the Global Peace Summit, which will be convened in the coming months based on the provisions of the Ukrainian peace formula and other possible honest proposals.
Zelensky’s European visits: details
On May 13, 2023, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi started a European tour. The first to “greet” the Ukrainian leader were fighter jets of the Italian Air Force, which escorted the plane of the President of Ukraine.
On May 14, Zelensky paid an official visit to Germany, where he met with Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
With foreign leaders, Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed armaments and the issue of transferring Western fighter jets to Ukraine. The Ukrainian leader was also awarded the Charlemagne Prize in Germany.