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French Defense Ministry denies presence of French soldiers in Ukraine

Apr 10, 2023

The French Ministry of Defense denies the presence of French soldiers in Ukraine, as allegedly evidenced by documents attributed to the Pentagon, which were leaked to Russian networks in the middle of the week.

This was stated by the spokesman for the Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu, The Guardian reports.

"French troops are not involved in operations in Ukraine. The quoted documents do not come from the French army. We do not comment on documents whose source is unknown," he said.

The top-secret Pentagon documents, which reportedly contain diagrams and details of expected weapons shipments, battalion sizes, and other sensitive information, were circulated on Twitter and Telegram this week.

One of the slides stated that Ukraine already has a small contingent of special forces from France, America, the United Kingdom, and Latvia, with less than a hundred soldiers from NATO member states.

According to military analysts, the documents were altered in some parts to overstate the American estimates of Ukrainian military deaths and underestimate the number of Russian military deaths.

Author - Olena Madiak, 10/04/2023

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