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France keen to help Ukraine meet battlefield needs, minister says

French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu (U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jack Sanders/DoD)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu visited Ukraine on December 28 to discuss ramping up French military support for the war effort against Russia, including ground-to-air defense. France has already provided weaponry like the Caesar howitzer artillery system and created a fund of 200 million euros ($210 million) for Ukraine to buy equipment directly from French manufacturers. Lecornu told reporters that France would help with maintenance of weapons already allocated and that the fund could be used to purchase more arms like Mistral missiles to guard against drone strikes.