Putin denounces Ukraine’s “war crimes” to Macron and assures him that they do everything to save lives

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused Ukraine of committing "war crimes" during a telephone meeting with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, to whom he has reiterated that the Russian troops are doing "everything possible" to minimize civilian casualties.

At the request of the French president, both leaders have held a new meeting this Friday –of more than an hour on this occasion-, in the Putin has insisted that "they were doing everything possible to preserve the lives of civilians, setting up humanitarian corridors for their safe evacuation".

Putin has also put the French president on notice about "the numerous war crimes being committed by the Ukrainian security forces and nationalists"especially through "massive bombardments on the cities of the Donbas region"according to the Kremlin statement.

For his part, Macron has shown his "extreme concern" by the current situation, especially after the latest bombings on several buildings in the city of Mariúpol in which civilians were taking refuge and for which Moscow has denied any responsibility.

The French president has asked Putin "the lifting of the siege" to this city, an important port enclave in southeastern Ukraine, and allow access for humanitarian aid. At the same time, it has once again emphasized the need to reach "immediately" a ceasefire.

 

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