French defence minister pledges ‘common’ approach to supporting Ukraine war effort

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French Defence Minister Sébastien Lecornu arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday where he said that France and Ukraine would issue proposals for a “common agenda” on additional military support by January. His visit came as air raid alerts were issued for all of Ukraine's regions. Read our live blog to see how all the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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6:24pm: France and Ukraine to agree 'common' approach for military support, defence minister says

French Defence Minister Sébastien Lecornu said Wednesday on his first trip to Kyiv that Paris wants to work with Ukraine to find a “common agenda” on how France can support the war effort.

Presidents Zelensky and Macron have requested proposals for a “common agenda on French military support” for the month of January, Lecornu said at a press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksii Reznikov.

He said he discussed the "tactical and strategic situation" on the ground and "the needs of the Ukrainian army in the weeks to come" with Reznikov.

Lecornu also met Ukrainian President Zelensky during a working meeting at midday.

In mid-December, an international conference in support of Ukraine in Paris raised more than €1 billion in donations.

A ranking by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in December places France in 10th position for its military support to Kyiv, behind the United Kingdom, Poland and Germany. The majority is provided by the United States.

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