After a day on Thursday marked by a series of Russian strikes that left at least eleven dead, Friday passed relatively calmly with several air alerts but few bombings.
Russia has accused "Ukrainian neo-Nazis" of committing genocide in the Donbass on the occasion of World Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Paris denounced “appalling remarks”.
The EU has extended sanctions against Russia for six months.
Washington has opened the door to supplying F-16 fighters to kyiv.
Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday denounced the comments of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which wants the reinstatement of Russian athletes for the Paris Olympics.
The Ukrainian president invited his president, the German Thomas Bach, to go to the front, in Bakhmout.
Paris denounces Moscow's "appalling" remarks on the Holocaust
“I would like to say, having read some statements from Moscow, how appalling, shocking they are.
It is an unworthy provocation on a day like today, "said the head of French diplomacy Catherine Colonna on Friday, in reference to Vladimir Putin's remarks against "neo-Nazis in Ukraine".
321 heavy tanks promised by Westerners to Ukraine
Vadym Omelchenko, the ambassador of Ukraine in France underlined Friday evening the urgency for kyiv to receive as soon as possible the heavy tanks promised by several countries to face the Russian army.
Asked about BFMTV, the ambassador announced that “many countries have officially confirmed their agreement to deliver 321 heavy tanks to Ukraine”.
According to him, kyiv needs this help “as soon as possible”.
“If it waited until August or September it would be too late,” he warned.
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