French Defense Minister Arrives in kyiv to Show Support

kyiv (HPD) — France’s defense minister arrived in kyiv on Wednesday to discuss further military support for Ukraine, saying Paris’s backing is unwavering.

Sebastien Lecornu arrived in the Ukrainian capital from Poland, where on Tuesday he announced an agreement to sell two French-made military satellites to Warsaw.

In kyiv, the minister laid a wreath at a heroes’ monument to pay tribute to Ukrainians who died defending their country against Russian invasion. He was scheduled to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, and army officials.

While France has been less vocal in its military support for Ukraine than the United States and Britain, the country has sent a steady supply of weapons since Russia invaded the country on February 24.

The country also hosted two aid conferences for Ukraine this month. But many in Ukraine remain critical of the French government’s response to the war because of President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to maintain contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin and seek a negotiated solution.

“Our support for Ukraine has been constant,” Lecornu tweeted before his trip.

It was not immediately clear what concrete deals the Lecornu talks in kyiv might produce. He arrived in Ukraine a week after Zelenskyy visited the United States, his main ally, and with fighting largely focused in the east of the country, but neither Moscow nor kyiv has reported any major progress in recent weeks.

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