Ukraine paves way for French military instructors

France is prepared to send military personnel to train troops in Ukraine, Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi said in a Telegram post on May 27.

According to Syrskyi, he and Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov held a video conference with French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu to discuss the matter.

“I warmly welcome France's initiative to send instructors to Ukraine to train our soldiers,” the message said.

“I have already signed documents that will allow the first French instructors to visit our training centers soon and familiarize themselves with the infrastructure and staff.”

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Syrskyi added that France's decisive move would encourage other Western partners to send their military personnel to Ukraine as well.

He also thanked Lecornu for France's military and economic assistance to Ukraine in countering Russian aggression.

French President Emmanuel Macron previously talked about contingency plans to deploy French troops to Ukraine in a support capacity, which would free up Ukrainian forces to reinforce battered units on the frontline.

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