French President Emmanuel Macron used the occasion of D-Day memorial events in France on Thursday to make some big announcements on Ukraine. This after President Biden focused much of his speech on ‘defeating Russia’ – as opposed to remembrance of WWII and those who perished on the beaches of Normandy.

For the first time Macron said that there’s been a specific request from the Zelensky government to send French troops to Ukrainian soil in order to train forces there, amid a growing manpower shortage and severe lag in adequate training.

“There is a challenge in capacity. That is why the Ukrainian president and his minister of defence asked all the allies — 48 hours ago in an official letter — saying ‘we need you to train us quicker and that you do this on our soil’,” Macron said in a live interview on French television, translated by AFP.


France will send Mirage fighter jets to Ukraine, Macron says