French troops have been in Ukraine since the beginning of the war – Valeurs Acteurs

French troops have been in Ukraine since the beginning of the war. Source: Ministere des Armees

French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly spoken about the possibility of sending his troops to Ukrainian soil. However, the French military has been in Ukraine since the beginning of the Great War.

This was stated by the former commander of the French Marine Regiment, Per de Jong, in an interview with Valeurs Acteurs. According to him, French instructors accompanied the Caesar howitzers at every stage before they arrived at the front in Ukraine.

Yong believes that Emmanuel Macron may officially announce the deployment of French instructors to Ukraine on Thursday, June 6, during the celebrations marking the 80th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy.

However, unofficially, the French military has been on the territory of Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, noted Per de Jong. His country's instructors accompany the transferred weapons.

The ex-marine commander said that after crossing the Ukrainian border, military equipment hardly stops before arriving at the front, as it becomes very vulnerable to Russian attacks. French instructors accompanying the weapons train Ukrainian artillerymen as they move, "sometimes on the side of the road." Moreover, the equipment must be maintained throughout its journey in Ukraine, and therefore regularly requires French know-how.

In addition, French instructors accompany Ukrainian soldiers who have been trained in France. This is done to make sure that the Ukrainians have properly mastered the howitzer course.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, on April 30, Reuters, citing diplomatic sources, reported that France may soon send military instructors to Ukraine, despite the fears of some allies and criticism from Russia. Paris may announce its decision next week during the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to mark the anniversary of the Normandy landings.

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