Ukraine – New Russian air strikes (16 May 2023)


France condemns in the strongest possible terms the high-intensity missile and drone strikes that again targeted the Ukrainian capital last night.

These strikes once again deliberately targeted civilian objectives in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. They underscore Russia’s desire to continue escalating its war of aggression against Ukraine.

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

As President Macron reiterated yesterday evening, France will continue to provide military and humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine resist this illegal aggression.