Emmanuel Macron welcomes Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Elysee Palace

Emmanuel Macron welcomes Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Élysée Palace

6:55 p.m

Volodymyr Zelensky expects an “important agreement” with France at the end of his visit to the Élysée

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the Ukrainian president insisted on “cooperation” between France and Ukraine.

“A meeting with President Macron and an important agreement are planned,” he wrote. “Our collaboration is producing results in protecting lives in Ukraine and across Europe.”

6:46 p.m

Emmanuel Macron welcomes Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Élysée Palace

While the two men have to sign a bilateral security agreement, the French and Ukrainian presidents meet in the Élysée.

Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelensky warmly greeted each other. They then returned to the palace to begin their meeting.

6:20 p.m

Volodymyr Zelensky was greeted by Sébastien Lecornu as he got off the plane

Having just arrived in Orly, the Ukrainian President was greeted by the Minister of the Armed Forces. After a formal welcome, a convoy will arrive at the Élysée Palace for a meeting of heads of state.

They will sign a bilateral security agreement there, similar to the one signed by Berlin and Kiev today.

6:15 p.m

Volodymyr Zelensky's plane has arrived in Orly

The Ukrainian president landed in Orly. He will then go to the Élysée to meet Emmanuel Macron.

5:40 p.m

Minister of the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu arrived in Orly to greet Volodymyr Zelensky

A few minutes before the Ukrainian President's arrival on French soil, the Minister of the Armed Forces went to Orly airport to greet him.

The convoy will then head to the Élysée.


After the death of Alexei Navalny, Zelenskyy judges that Putin “must be held accountable for his crimes”

Ukraine's leader ruled that the Russian president “should be held accountable for his crimes” after the prison death of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny was announced today.

“It is obvious to me that (Alexei Navalny), like thousands of others who were tortured to death, was killed because of one person, Putin, who did not do it. “I don’t care who dies as long as he keeps his position,” Volodymyr Zelensky said at a joint press conference with Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.

In his opinion, Vladimir Putin “must be held accountable for his crimes.”


The situation on the ground is deteriorating in the face of Russian attacks, particularly in Avdiivka

The Ukrainian army announced today that it had withdrawn “with minor losses” from a position south of Avdiëvka, a city in eastern Ukraine where the situation has deteriorated significantly in recent days amid an increase in Russian attacks.

Ukraine is at risk of having to abandon this now largely destroyed site due to an increasing lack of resources and blockage of American military aid.

If so, it would be Russia's biggest symbolic victory after the failure of the Kiev counteroffensive last summer.


What to expect from Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to Paris

On his third visit to France since the start of the war against Russia, Ukrainian President Emmanuel Macron will meet to sign a bilateral security agreement between the two countries.

The French commitment is also said to relate to the deployment of military equipment or the training of Ukrainian soldiers. Discover all the themes of this visit in our dedicated article.