France and the UK have supplied Ukraine with long-range SCALP missiles, allowing them to reach Russian-controlled areas in the eastern part of the country.
Why it matters
This event is significant as it strengthens Ukraine's military capabilities and provides them with the ability to strike deep into Russian-controlled areas. It also demonstrates international support for Ukraine in their conflict with Russia.
What the papers say
France 24 describes the delivery of long-range SCALP missiles by France to Ukraine, highlighting the range and capabilities of the missiles. The NY Post mentions President Biden's openness to sending long-range missiles to Ukraine and the limited supply of Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). The Independent confirms that France will join the UK in supplying Ukraine with long-range cruise missiles, and mentions the capture of Russian troops by Ukrainian forces. Politico reports on France and Germany's announcement of new arms deliveries to Ukraine, including long-range strike missiles.
How we got here
The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has been ongoing, with Ukraine seeking support from international allies. France and the UK have been providing military aid to Ukraine, including long-range missiles, to strengthen their defense capabilities.
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Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the second-largest country in Europe after Russia, which it borders to the east and north-east.
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France, officially the French Republic, is a country consisting of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories.