Zelenskyy tells Macron what Ukraine needs in next military aid package
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron. The parties paid special attention to the defence needs of Ukraine, the President's press service reported
"Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked for the launch of the Artillery Coalition initiative and for France's commitment to produce dozens of advanced Caesar artillery systems and ammunition for Ukraine in 2024," the statement said.
"The presidents discussed in detail the situation on the battlefield and other defence needs of Ukraine, in particular those that are prioritised for inclusion in the next military aid package from France. Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed the importance of further strengthening the Ukrainian air defence system," the press service added.
Zelenskyy also thanked for the active involvement of French business in the development of Ukraine through investment.
In addition, Ukraine's leader spoke about the start of preparations for the Global Peace Summit. The presidents noted the importance of involving the widest possible range of countries in the summit.
As a result of the conversation, political and military advisers were instructed to start preparing for Macron's upcoming visit to Ukraine. Preparations for the conclusion of an agreement on security guarantees for Ukraine will also be accelerated.
- On January 18, France said it would supply Ukraine with six Caesar self-propelled howitzers in the coming weeks, followed by 72 more in about a year.
- France will also supply Ukraine with up to 50 bombs per month until the end of 2024.