France promises more tanks for Ukraine after Zelensky visit

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France promises more tanks for Ukraine after Zelensky visit
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky is welcomed by France's President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee on Sunday. Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP

France on Monday announced dozens more light tanks and armoured vehicles for Ukraine's army, together with training for the soldiers using them, after Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelensky had dinner together in Paris.


In their joint statement, French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also called for fresh sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

"In the coming weeks, France will train and equip several battalions with tens of armoured vehicles and light tanks including AMX-10RC," said the statement.

Paris would also focus its efforts "in supporting Ukraine's air defence capacities in order to defend its population against Russian strikes".

"Ukraine and France agree on the need to increase collective pressure on Russia through further sanctions to weaken Russia's ability to continue its illegal war of aggression."

Their announcement came after Zelensky flew into France late on Sunday and joined Macron for a dinner at the Elysée Palace.

"Paris. With each visit, Ukraine's defense and offensive capabilities are expanding," Zelensky tweeted as he flew to the Villacoublay airbase.

"The ties with Europe are getting stronger, and the pressure on Russia is growing."



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