France wants to see Ukraine take back Crimea, says French diplomatic source

Oleksiy Chernyshov, Ukrainian President Zelensky’s special envoy for EU accession, walks with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian PM Mario Draghi past destroyed buildings in Irpin, Ukraine, on June 16. (Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance/Getty Images)

France wishes to see Ukraine take back control of Crimea as part of a military victory against Russia, according to a French diplomatic source.

The remarks came as French, German and Italian leaders visit Kyiv. The source was speaking to pool journalists traveling with the French delegation on Thursday.

“We are for an integral victory with restoration of territorial integrity on all territories conquered by the Russians, including Crimea,” the French official said, referring to the Black Sea peninsula that Russia forcibly annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Once the war is over, talks will be necessary to determine the sort of security guarantees for Ukraine and the relationship between Ukraine and NATO, the diplomatic source said, in order “to know how we build a lasting peace.”

“What is at stake is the security of us all,” they said, adding that, a Ukrainian “military victory is for Zelensky to define.”

Some background: French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in Kyiv on Thursday.

The three leaders have traveled to Kyiv by train, where they are expected to convene with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and express “a message of European unity.”

Speaking to reporters on the platform as he arrived at Kyiv train station, Macron said the leaders will also visit the site of an alleged massacre.

Asked if he had a message for Ukrainians, Macron said he had a “message of European unity addressed to Ukrainian men and women.”

“The coming weeks, we know, will be very difficult,” he said. “I want to support them and be at their side.”

CNN’s Pierre Bairin in Kyiv contributed reporting to this post.

@CNN

4 comments

  1. “We are for an integral victory with restoration of territorial integrity on all territories conquered by the Russians, including Crimea,” the French official said

    A change of heart? Did the French find their courage again? Is it true, or just baloney?
    Actions speak louder than words. So, send what weapons Ukraine needs and not in some foreseeable future but tomorrow!

    I’ve yet to read or hear something from Scholz’s or Draghi’s mouths. Are they left speechless by what they’re seeing? Are they ashamed? Are they shocked? What’s on their minds, now that they’re seeing in person the true horrors of Russian Mir?

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Yet when Liz Truss said the same thing weeks ago, the frogs were furious.
    These skanky maggots are prepared to let themselves drift in whatever direction that they think is beneficial to them.

    Liked by 3 people

    • That’s true. However, seeing things in real life as the Three Stooges are now, is incomprehensibly different from seeing things in pictures or videos. I know how it is from when I visited Shyrokyne years ago. And, it was probably nothing when compared to how things must look like in Irpin. Maybe, just maybe, witnessing this in real life will change their minds. We’ll see.

      Liked by 2 people

  3. “The coming weeks, we know, will be very difficult,” he said. “I want to support them and be at their side.”

    Go pick up your gun Macron, it’ll be a change for a Frenchman to actually fight on the front lines.

    Liked by 3 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.