Macron: France will provide Mirage 2000 aircraft to Ukraine

PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron said on French TV that France will provide Mirage 2000 aircraft to Ukraine.

Macron announced that his government will announce on Friday the provision of warplanes for Ukraine on the occasion the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to France to celebrate the D-Day anniversary.

He did not specify the number of Mirages France will provide, when they would be provided or what terms would apply.

Macron has said that France is proposing to train Ukrainian pilots in France starting this summer.

He said that France also proposed to train 4,500 Ukraine troops. He did not specify where the soldiers will be trained. However, he stated that there are currently no French military instructors on Ukrainian soil.

The Mirage 2000 jet fighter is multi-role and single-engine.

In September, Zelenskiy stated that he and Macron had reached an agreement regarding the training of Ukrainian pilots in France.

In January, the head of Ukrainian Air Force stated that French Mirage aircraft could reinforce the Ukrainian Air Force.

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