France's Defense Ministry walks back Syrskyi's comments that French military instructors headed to Ukraine

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Discussions with France and other countries regarding the introduction of military instructors from Ukraine's allies remain ongoing, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said on Facebook.

The ministry was addressing comments made earlier by Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrsky, who confirmed on May 27 that France would send instructors to Ukraine.

The sending of French military instructors to Ukraine to train servicemen is still being worked out, France's Armed Forces Ministry clarified.

Ukraine expressed interest in February about bringing foreign instructors to Ukraine, the Defense Ministry reported.

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Together with the General Staff, the Ministry worked out the documentation on the issue, so as not to waste time on coordinating bureaucratic issues when the decision would eventually be made, the ministry said.

Syrsky clarified that he has already signed the documents that will bring the first French instructors to Ukrainian training centers to familiarize themselves with Ukrainian infrastructure and personnel.

Possible deployment of NATO troops to Ukraine

After a conference on supporting Ukraine held in Paris on Feb. 26, French President Emmanuel Macron said that Ukraine's Western allies would create a coalition to provide Ukrainian Armed Forces with long-range weapons, and that sending Western troops to Ukraine in future should not be ruled out.

In response to Macron's statements, Poland, United States, Germany, Czechia, Canada, and United Kingdom publicly rejected the idea of sending troops to Ukraine.

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Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas did not reject the possibility of sending troops, but clarified that they would only be for training missions.

The General Staff Chief of the Dutch Army, General Onno Eichelsheim, said that “all options should be open.

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal explained that French troops could participate in war on side of Ukraine to protect certain borders, take part in exercises or ground air defense on Feb. 29. He denied possiibility of French soldiers participation in battles “directly on front line.”

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