NV’s source in official circles explains why the French president postponed his visit to Kyiv once again

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Emmanuel Macron on February 16
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Emmanuel Macron on February 16

For the third time, French President Emmanuel Macron has postponed his visit to Ukraine because he hoped to find support for his initiative to deploy Western forces in Ukraine, but he has faced criticism both at home and abroad, told NV Ukrainian official involved in the preparation of the visit on March 12.

NV has learned when, with what news Emmanuel Macron will arrive in Ukraine.

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With this in mind, the owner of the Elysee Palace postponed his trip to Kyiv in order to gain more support for his idea. For this purpose, he planned a series of visits to European capitals. Only after that, according to NV’s source, the French president plans to arrive in Ukraine.

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The exact date of Macron’s visit is not yet known, but the source suggested that the French leader will visit Kyiv in April.

What Macron will discuss with Zelenskyy

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During his visit, Macron is to meet with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy. According to NV’s source, the presidents will focus on the deployment of Western troops in Ukraine. The source stated that the issue is not about the participation of foreign troops in combat operations, but primarily about training and education of Ukrainian soldiers, as well as territories demining and equipment repair, that was previously transferred from partners.

In addition, the leaders plan to discuss strengthening Ukraine’s long-range capabilities and air defense.

The presidents also intend to raise the issue of ammunition supplies for Ukraine. France is already producing 155 mm Caesar self-propelled artillery systems for the Ukrainian Armed Forces to replace the ones already in service and ammunition for them.

As previously reported by French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu, the country intends to produce 78 Caesar howitzers and ammunition for the Ukrainian army.

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