In a telephone conversation with the President of Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron again condemned the shelling of Ukrainian cities by the Russian army and called the situation with the civilians of Mariupol “unbearable.”

France intends to increase military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in the near future. This was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron in a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Saturday, Reuters writes.

Macron again expressed “strong alarm” about the shelling of Ukrainian cities carried out by Russia and the “unbearable” situation in Mariupol, a city in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, from where the UN and other international organizations cannot evacuate about a thousand civilians who remained under siege at the Azovstal plant.

At the same time, the military command of Ukraine reported that on Saturday the Donbass region in the east of the country was again subjected to Russian shelling, but Russian troops are unable to advance the front line further into Ukraine.

Russia continues to deny that its missile attacks often deliberately target civilians. The Russian command said that from Friday evening to Saturday morning it struck 389 targets in Ukraine, including 35 checkpoints, 15 arsenals and other locations of Ukrainian troops and equipment, but independent confirmation of these facts from Western sources has not yet been received, writes Reuters.