Area of more than 600 km2 flooded, reaction of the Ukrainian president, announcement of French aid... Le Figaro takes stock of the war in Ukraine on June 8, 2023.
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An area of more than 600 km2 flooded
The destruction of the Kakhovka dam has flooded an area of more than 600 km2 in southern Ukraine, on the right bank of the Dnieper River controlled by the Ukrainians as well as on the left bank occupied by the Russians, announced Thursday a Ukrainian governor.
Six hundred square kilometers are flooded in the Kherson region. 32 percent are on the right bank and 68 percent on the left bank," Kherson governor Oleksandr Prokudin said on social media.
Vitaly, 26, whose home was submerged, sails on a boat along a flooded street, in Korsunka, Kherson region, Ukraine, June 7, 2023. ALEXANDER ERMOSHENKO / REUTERS
Volodymyr Zelensky says he is "shocked" by the lack of international aid
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday (June 7th) deplored the lack of humanitarian aid from the United Nations and the Red Cross after the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in the south of the country, which caused a serious crisis.
The UN, the United Nations and the representatives of the Red Cross are not there. All these hours, they are still not there," Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview broadcast by German media Welt TV and Bild. He said he was "shocked" because "these are the forces that must be there to save people's lives."
Emergency National Security Council in the presence of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in Kiev, Ukraine, June 6, 2023. HANDOUT / AFP
Emmanuel Macron announces the sending of an "aid" in the face of "immediate needs"
Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday the sending, "in the next few hours", of an "aid to meet the immediate needs" of Ukraine in the face of the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam in the south of the country. "The France condemns this heinous act that endangers the population," the French president said on Twitter after a phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. "I was able to express to President Zelensky my solidarity with his people after the attack on the Kakhovka dam," he added.
The Crisis Center of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs will deliver a dozen tons of emergency humanitarian equipment and goods, said shortly after the Quai d'Orsay in a statement. The aid includes "water purifiers, family hygiene kits, 500,000 water purification tablets and several storage tanks," says the Quai.