France condemns Russian strike that killed child in Ukraine

By America Hernandez

PARIS (Reuters) -Russia’s latest missile strikes killing one child in western Ukraine constitute “war crimes and must not go unpunished,” France’s foreign ministry said in a statement late on Friday.

“These attacks have once again targeted civilian infrastructure, including a residential zone, which is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian rights,” the statement reads.

Moscow denied intentionally targeting civilians.

Russia launched four hypersonic missiles into the western Ukrainian region of Ivano-Frankivsk on Friday, with three landing near a military airfield including in residential areas.

The fourth Kinzhal missile was shot down by air defences, Ukraine’s air force has said.

The French ministry added France would reinforce its military support to Ukraine, notably in strengthening air defence capacities, in close cooperation with its partners.

“France’s support to Ukrainian and international jurisdictions to fight against the impunity of crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine remains total,” the statement read.

(Reporting by America Hernandez and Camille Raynaud in Paris; Editing by Chris Reese and David Gregorio)