https://www.rt.com/information/590976-france-lecornu-mercenaries-ukraine/France can’t cease mercenaries going to Ukraine – protection chief

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https://www.rt.com/information/590976-france-lecornu-mercenaries-ukraine/France can’t cease mercenaries going to Ukraine – protection chief

Sebastien Lecornu has admitted that some “French civilians” are combating towards Russia

Some French nationals have in truth enlisted to battle within the Ukrainian navy, Protection Minister Sebastien Lecornu acknowledged on Friday, considerably contradicting an earlier declare by the Quai d’Orsay that Paris had no mercenaries in Kiev or anyplace else.

Earlier this week, the Russian navy introduced it had killed over 60 overseas fighters in a precision strike on Kharkov, and that the majority of them have been French-speakers. Native Ukrainian authorities gave conflicting accounts of what occurred.

On Thursday, the French Overseas Ministry insisted that “France has no mercenaries, neither in Ukraine nor elsewhere.” Talking to the broadcaster LCI on Friday, nevertheless, Lecornu admitted that this wasn’t true, strictly talking.

“There are French civilians who went to battle in Ukraine in Ukrainian navy uniform,” he stated. “We are able to’t ban them from doing that, we’re nonetheless a democracy.”

Lecornu insisted, nevertheless, that “these individuals don’t have any reference to the French armed forces, don’t put on French uniform and should not related to the French navy establishments.” He refused to touch upon the matter additional, saying that the rest can be utilized by Russia in its “data struggle.”

Mercenary work has been unlawful in France since 2003, punishable by as much as 5 years in jail and fines of as much as 75,000 euros ($81,000). The way in which the regulation was written, nevertheless, permits French nationals to “volunteer” in overseas navy forces.

France’s ambassador to Moscow, Pierre Levy, was summoned to the Russian Overseas Ministry on Friday to clarify the “rising involvement” of Paris within the Ukraine battle. Along with the presence of French-speaking fighters in Kharkov, President Emmanuel Macron’s authorities has introduced further deliveries of long-range missiles, howitzers and artillery ammunition to Kiev.  

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