Ukraine - France condemns Russian strikes against Ukraine - Communique issued by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (Aug. 6, 2023)


France condemns in the strongest terms the new series of missile and drone strikes that hit Ukraine on 5 and 6 August, particularly a blood transfusion centre in the east of the country, an attack that killed and injured several people.

These Russian strikes deliberately targeted the civilian population, another flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. As the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, has repeatedly emphasized, these unacceptable acts constitute war crimes and cannot go unpunished. In close coordination with its partners, France will continue to supply Ukraine with the necessary aid to enable it to defend itself, and will also continue its support for the Ukrainian courts and the International Criminal Court to combat impunity for the crimes committed by Russia.