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We do not rule out deployment of Western troops in Ukraine – Secretary of Ukraine's Defence Council

Friday, 8 March 2024, 21:56
We do not rule out deployment of Western troops in Ukraine – Secretary of Ukraine's Defence Council
Oleksii Danilov. Photo: Getty Images

Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, considers it possible that the West may start helping Ukraine not only with armament but with troops as well.

Source: Danilov in a broadcast of the Ukrainska Pravda.Pidsumky ("Summary") programme

Quote: "We definitely do not rule out the possibility of some military units of some countries being deployed on our territory, if they [the countries – ed.] make a corresponding decision."

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Details: At the same time, Danilov noted that the issue of deployment of foreign troops in Ukraine is very sensitive and cannot always be publicly discussed.

Danilov mentioned that at the moment Ukraine is waiting first and foremost for timely armament supplies from its Western partners.

Background: 

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  • Macron stated that "it should not be ruled out" that Western troops might be sent to Ukraine. Later he added that his remarks, which have caused a stir, were carefully thought through.
  • These remarks caused a negative reaction of the governments of some allied states, the leaders of which stressed that they would not send troops to Ukraine.
  • While the majority of NATO member states excluded the sending of troops to Ukraine, including such powerful players as Germany, the UK and the US, Gabrielius Landsbergis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, said on 28 February that he was thankful to Macron for the debates he had started.
  • Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for the Russian president, stated that the presence of NATO troops on the territory of Ukraine would lead to a direct conflict between the Alliance and the Russian Federation, escalating the situation.

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