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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, visiting France, urged his Western allies on Friday to “do more” to help kyiv in the face of Russian aggression. He was subsequently promised new American aid by his counterpart Joe Biden.

Addressing French MPs the day after the ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy (northwest), the Ukrainian president painted a dark picture of the situation on the Old Continent.

“We are living in a time when Europe is no longer a continent of peace,” declared the Ukrainian president, whose country has been targeted since February 2022 by a deadly Russian offensive.

“Once again in Europe, cities are completely destroyed and villages are burned. Once again in Europe, filtration camps, deportations and hatred are appearing,” he listed, describing Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “common enemy” of his country and Europe.

Hope for a ‘just end’ to the war

Volodymyr Zelensky said the international peace summit scheduled for June 15-16 in Switzerland could bring Ukraine closer to ‘a just end to this war’. This conference will bring together more than a hundred countries and organizations, but not Russia.

The Ukrainian head of state, who will be received Friday afternoon at the Elysée by his French counterpart, affirmed that victory was possible, despite Russian advances on the front. ‘Can we win this battle? Certainly, yes,’ he assured.

‘This battle is at a crossroads,’ but ‘for a just peace, more is needed,’ he warned. ‘And this is not a reproach, it is just how to defeat evil, to do more today than yesterday.’

kyiv has been asking Europe to increase its military support, while Russia has been gaining ground in recent months in eastern and northern Ukraine and allies are worried about the consequences for the conflict of a possible victory by Donald Trump in the next US presidential election.

Volodymyr Zelensky and Joe Biden, after attending the commemorations the day before, took advantage of this visit to France to have a bilateral meeting in Paris on Friday.

The American president, who has just authorized Ukraine to strike on the other side of the Russian border, announced a new aid of 225 million dollars to his Ukrainian counterpart, to whom he promised: ‘The United States will always be with you’.

Pilots and planes

‘You have not given up. You have not given in at all’, said Joe Biden, presenting his ‘apologies’ for the months of negotiations that preceded the painful adoption by the US Congress of a support package for Ukraine.

Mr. Zelensky thanked the American president for the “tremendous support” of the United States and added: “We are counting on your support.”

During a televised interview on Thursday evening, Emmanuel Macron announced the transfer of Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets to Kiev and the training of Ukrainian pilots on French soil.

“The goal is that by the end of the year, they will have pilots and planes,” he said, without specifying the number of aircraft.

The French president also mentioned again a possible sending of European instructors to Ukrainian soil, at Kiev’s request, without however providing a firm answer.

Biden’s speech

Asked whether sending Western instructors to Ukraine constituted an escalation against Moscow, “the answer is no,” Emmanuel Macron said.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, these statements show on the contrary that France is ‘ready to participate directly in the conflict’.

During the June 6 ceremonies, Joe Biden had already drawn a parallel between the Ukrainians’ fight against Russian troops and the battle to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany.

He is expected to do so again at 4:00 p.m. local time, in a speech at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, which the American Rangers seized on June 6, 1944, gaining a decisive advantage over the Germans.

Five months before the American election, it is as much the president as the Democratic candidate that we will hear, while the polls are struggling to separate him from his Republican rival Donald Trump.

This article is originally published on .rtn.ch

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