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Sébastien Lecornu, the French Minister for the Armed Forces, promises to further help Ukraine

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The French Minister for the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, arrived in kyiv on Wednesday, where a new delivery of weapons is scheduled for January 2023. He promised his Ukrainian counterpart to continue French aid in the coming weeks. Follow the latest developments in the war in Ukraine live.

  • 6:13 p.m .: in kyiv, the French Minister of the Armed Forces promises to continue to help Ukraine

The French Minister for the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, said during his first visit to kyiv that he wanted to work to meet Ukrainian military needs “for the weeks to come”.

“Presidents (Volodymyr) Zelensky and (Emmanuel) Macron have asked (…) to make them proposals for the month of January to redefine a” common agenda on French military support, said Sébastien Lecornu during a conference. press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksiï Reznikov.

The French minister said he had discussions with the Ukrainian minister on the “tactical and strategic situation” on the ground and on “the needs of the Ukrainian army for the weeks to come”. In front of the press, he mentioned “the innovative fund of 200 million euros” which allows Ukraine to buy equipment directly from French industrialists, according to kyiv’s priorities to deal with the Russian army. .

  • 11:50 a.m.: the French Minister for the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, arrived in kyiv

Sébastien Lecornu laid a wreath in front of the “wall of heroes” in kyiv and must meet his Ukrainian counterpart Oleskii Reznikov.

  • 11:20 am: Ukraine wants to develop air-to-air combat drones, minister announces

Ukraine has purchased some 1,400 drones, mostly for reconnaissance, and plans to develop combat models capable of attacking the explosive drones used by Russia, according to Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation.

“And the next step, now that we are more or less equipped with reconnaissance drones, is strike drones,” Mykhailo Federov said in an interview with AP. “These are both explosive drones and drones that fly 3 to 10 kilometers and hit targets.”

  • 11:10 a.m.: Russia failed to consult with OPEC+ to respond to oil price cap, Kremlin says

Russia has the sovereign right to respond as it sees fit to these “illegal measures”, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. He added that contacts between Russia and the OPEC+ group, which includes Russia, were ongoing on other issues.

  • 11:10 am: Kremlin says Ukraine peace talks must include annexation of all four Ukrainian regions

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that peace proposals aimed at ending the conflict in Ukraine must take into account “the new Ukrainian reality” of the four regions that joined Russia after disputed referendums in September.

  • 10:40 a.m.: sirens sound in all regions of Ukraine

According to Ukrainian social networks, the alert may have been declared after the takeoff of Russian jets stationed in Belarus. France 24 was unable to verify this information.

  • 9:43 a.m.: Putin aide visits Zaporizhia nuclear power plant

Sergei Kiriyenko, an official in charge of overseeing Russia’s domestic policy and former director of the state nuclear company, discussed the security of the Zaporizhia plant, according to Vladimir Rogov, a local official installed by Moscow.

“Sergei Kiriyenko visited the nuclear power plant – he checked the safety of the facility and the working conditions of Rosatom employees,” Sergei Rogov said on Telegram.

  • 9:15 a.m.: Fighting intensifies, Russia fires rockets at Kherson city

Russian forces fired 33 rockets at civilian targets in the Ukrainian city of Kherson in the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian military said. The fighting intensifies, Russia deploys more tanks and armored vehicles to the front lines.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in a report that Russian forces were attacking with mortars and artillery inhabited areas located on the right bank of the Dnipro river, near Kherson. Russia, for its part, denies having targeted civilians.

  • 9 a.m.: Electricians in Kharkiv work tirelessly to help residents get through the winter

In the liberated region of Kharkiv, although the bombardments have ceased, the energy infrastructures are still at a standstill. In the middle of winter, the situation is critical in the villages. Electricians are working tirelessly to restore power. Report of the specials sent from France 24.


  • 8:16 a.m.: the ruble falls against the dollar

The ruble lost about 8% against the dollar last week after an oil embargo and the entry into force of a price floor for Russian oil.

  • 8 a.m.: Sébastien Lecornu, French Minister for the Armed Forces, on a visit to kyiv

The French Minister for the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, is expected in kyiv, where a new delivery of weapons is scheduled for January 2023 and should include Caesar guns.

“He will notably pay homage to the dead at the Heroes’ monument in kyiv and will meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksiy Reznikov,” the ministry said ahead of this visit, without further details.

  • 7:51 am: Gazprom will ship 42.3 million m3 of gas to Europe via Ukraine

The Russian company Gazprom said on Wednesday that it will ship 42.3 million cubic meters of gas to Europe via Ukraine on Thursday, a volume broadly in line with that of recent days.

  • 5:33 am: Russian troops deployed in Ukraine can freeze their sperm for free

The Russian Ministry of Health has determined the possibility of financial support […] for the free conservation and storage of spermatozoa of citizens mobilized for the 2022-2024 special military operation,” the state agency Tass reported on Wednesday.

With AFP, AP and Reuters

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