Vladimir Putin will not hold his traditional year-end press conference

A conference for Ukraine in Paris on Tuesday

Paris will receive a new support conference in Kiev on Tuesday in the presence of Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Chmyhal. The goal: help the Ukrainians get through the winter despite the Russian attacks and prepare for the reconstruction of a bloodless country. The conference, which is in two parts, will focus in the morning on the Quai d’Orsay on international emergency assistance, to try to enable the country attacked by Russia in February to keep essential infrastructure in working condition (energy, water, food, health and transport).

After the conferences in Lugano, Warsaw and Berlin in recent months, it wants to take into account the new Russian strategy, which has been hitting Ukrainian infrastructure with very intense bombardments since October. The conference was discussed on Sunday as part of a telephone conversation between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, the French leader who was on this occasion “all his support” on the proposal for a Ukrainian peace plan.

“Winter is already here, we have very negative temperatures, so there is a real immediate challenge”explained the Elysee Palace, referring to “the urgency of Ukraine’s civil resilience”. Support, financial or in kind, “should arrive in Ukraine before mid-March”added the Elysée, insisting on the “recognition that we lacked an emergency response coordination mechanism” to identify Ukrainian needs and know in real time which country is providing which assistance.

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