Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that shelling of the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol will only end when Ukrainian troops surrender.
Mr Putin made the comments during an hour long phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday night, the Kremlin said in a statement.
But French officials said the Russian leader had agreed to consider plans to evacuate civilians from the city.
It comes as new satellite photos showed the destruction caused by the shelling.
The images, released by the Earth observation company Maxar, showed that residential areas have been reduced to rubble and highlighted Russian artillery cannons in firing positions on the outskirts of the city.
Officials from France's Elyseé palace called the situation in the city "catastrophic" and added that "civilian populations must be protected and must leave the city if they wish to. They must have access to food aid, water and the medicines they need".
"This very degraded humanitarian situation is linked to the siege of the city by the Russian armed forces," the statement said.
France, along with Turkey, Greece and several humanitarian groups, have presented Mr Putin with a plan to evacuate the city.
Officials said that Mr Putin told Mr Macron that he will "think about" the proposal.