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Macron: Putin wants a victory in Donbass on May 9

Russian President Vladimir Putin will focus his attacks on Ukraine in the Donbass separatist zones seeking a “victory” for May 9, the anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945, French counterpart Emanuel Mack said today.

“For Russia, May 9 is a national holiday, an important military date, and it is almost certain that, for President Putin, May 9 should be a day of victory,” Macron told French radio station RTL.

“They will focus their efforts on Donbas, we will experience very difficult scenes in the coming weeks,” he said in the eastern part of the country.

He recalled that France, along with Greece and Turkey, was trying to organize humanitarian operations in the besieged port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, but “with great difficulty” due to a “complete Russian refusal”.

Referring to the new sanctions against Russia decided by the European Union yesterday, he accused his opponent Marin Le Pen’s party – calling it by its old name “National Front” – that it remains “ambiguous” towards Russia, avoiding to accuse it.

“I noted the suspicious absence of all MEPs from the National Front in the European Parliament when he acted to punish Russia, which shows you the ambiguity that some still have with this country despite the war,” he said.

Source: AMPE

Source: Capital

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