War in Ukraine: Russia unable to make “significant breakthroughs”, maintaining support from Paris… update on the situation

War in Ukraine: Russia unable to make "significant breakthroughs", maintaining support from Paris... update on the situation

Volodymy Zelensky à Berlin en Allemagne le 11 juin 2024. imageBROKER.com – imageBROKER/Christian Ender

Tous les jours, Midi Libre fait le point sur la situation en Ukraine. Ce jeudi 26 juin 2024, découvrez les dernières actualités autour de ce conflit.

Agreement signed with Ukraine at the European summit

The heads of state and government of the European Union signed a security pact with Ukraine on Thursday at the opening of # 39;a two-day summit which should notably allow them to validate the strategic orientations and the organization chart of the bloc for the next five years.

On the occasion of their first meeting since the European elections, the leaders of the Twenty-Seven warmly welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Brussels. The pact signed on Thursday expresses the EU's commitment to helping kyiv in nine areas of security and defense policy, including arms deliveries, military training and cooperation in the defense industry.

The Twenty-Seven thus wanted to reaffirm their support for Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion, despite the progress of far-right parties largely pro-Russians during the European elections and the uncertainty which hangs over the outcome of the elections in the coming days in France and in November in the United States.

According to a draft final summit communiqué, European leaders will reaffirm their willingness to support Ukraine for as long as necessary, emphasizing once again that "Russia must not win"and that kyiv must recover the territories occupied by Moscow.

They must also ask the European executive to work on a 50 billion euro loan project to Ukraine, financed by the profits generated by the assets of the Russian central bank frozen by the West as part of the sanctions imposed against Russia.

This war has highlighted the EU's lack of preparation to face a conflict, while Brussels is struggling to quickly and sufficiently deliver weapons to Kiev. Voices have been raised to demand greater European coordination in defense matters, particularly to ensure financing.

"We underinvested in our defense and now we need to make up for lost time", declared Josep Borrell, the head of EU diplomacy, upon his arrival at the summit. "And we must make a major financial effort to increase our defense capabilities. This won't be easy."

Russia not capable of "significant breakthroughs" in Ukraine

Russia is unable to achieve significant "breakthroughs" on the battlefield in Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

"They have tried to launch an offensive again since the spring but so far they have achieved only limited gains (…) We have no' “Other indication or reason to believe that Russia has the capabilities or strength to make significant breakthroughs”, Stoltenberg explained in an interview with l'AFP.

The head of NATO, however, stressed that Russian forces would probably continue to push on the various fronts and increase air attacks.

"But what we found is that the Ukrainians were able to hold", he said added. "They were able to continue to inflict heavy losses on the Russian invaders, on the front lines but also through deep strikes" , he continued.

Moscow launched a new major offensive in northeastern Ukraine on May 10. The Ukrainian forces, after having had to give ground, blocked the Russian advance in Vovtchansk, a town located five kilometers from the Russian border, after however losing control of several villages.

Zelensky counts on continued support from Paris after the French elections

President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was convinced that the new French government which will emerge from the legislative elections would maintain its support for Ukraine in the face of Russia, Thursday in an exclusive comment made at AFP.

These comments come as the elections scheduled for June 30 and July 7 in France could bring to power the far-right National Rally (RN) party, regularly criticized for its proximity to the regime of Vladimir Putin.

"We believe that the French will continue to support Ukraine regardless of the political situation", Zelensky said in a written comment to the" #39;AFP. "Similarly, by the will of the French people, the next government will continue to fully support Ukraine both on the field of battle" and in its accession to the EU, he continued.

While congratulating France for its "unwavering solidarity" with his country from the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022, Volodymyr Zelensky said he was confident that the new French government would maintain its independence from Russia and remain loyal to the European values.

"We are convinced that the next government will be independent of the Russian aggressor and will remain committed to European values ​​and a strong and united Europe, the very Europe that Ukraine defends against Russian tyranny", he added. At the end of the legislative elections, President Emmanuel Macron, a supporter of Volodymyr Zelensky, risks finding himself cohabiting with a far-right Prime Minister who could review the extent of the crisis. #39;military aid provided to Kiev.

After having posed as a mediator between kyiv and Moscow at the start of the war and in particular having called not "humiliate" Russia, President Macron has metamorphosed into a key supporter of Ukraine in Europe, pushing other states, particularly Ukraine ;Germany, to strengthen their support.

Emmanuel Macron thus opened the debate in February on sending Western soldiers to Ukraine, refusing to exclude this option. This idea was freshly received within the European powers but certain allies – Czech Republic, Poland, Baltic States in particular – approved it.

The president of the RN Jordan Bardella, who could become the next French Prime Minister, is opposed to the sending of French troops to Ukraine as well as to the delivery of "long-range missiles" allowing the Ukrainian army to strike Russian territory.

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