Ukraine – Condemnation of Russian strikes on Kyiv today, the anniversary of the Ukrainian capital’s foundation (28 May 2023)


France condemns in the strongest terms the waves of Russian missile and drone strikes which have once again targeted Kyiv. This is the 14th attack on the capital in May.

These strikes, which come on the anniversary of Kyiv’s foundation, have again deliberately targeted civilian objectives, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. They have claimed the lives of at least two people and wounded several others.

As the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mme Catherine Colonna, has repeatedly stressed, these unacceptable acts constitute war crimes and cannot go unpunished. France will continue lending support to the Ukrainian courts and the International Criminal Court to combat impunity for such crimes.

France will continue its assistance to Ukraine to resist this illegal aggression, both militarily and in humanitarian terms, for as long as necessary.