Ukraine – Condemnation of the 18th salvo of Russian strikes against Ukraine (1 June 2023)


France utterly condemns the waves of Russian missile strikes, particularly by Iskander ballistic missiles, which have once again targeted Kyiv. This is the 18th attack on the capital since the beginning of May.

The strikes deliberately targeted civilian objectives again, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. They reportedly claimed the lives of three people, two of them children, and wounded at least 14 others, according to a provisional toll by the Ukrainian authorities.

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

With 47 States meeting at the second European Political Community summit in Chisinau in Moldova, close to Ukraine, Russia appears isolated in its pursuit of escalation. France will continue its assistance to Ukraine in every sector for as long as necessary, to help it resist Russia’s illegal aggression.