Macron Says Western Ground Operations in Ukraine May Be Necessary at ‘Some Point’

The French president continues his extremely bellicose rhetoric

French President Emmanuel Macron shows no sign of backing down on his bellicose rhetoric related to the war in Ukraine as he said in an interview published over the weekend that at “some point,” Western ground operations in Ukraine may be necessary.

“Maybe at some point—I don’t want it, I won’t take the initiative—we will have to have operations on the ground, whatever they may be, to counter the Russian forces,” Macron told the newspaper Le Parisien. “France’s strength is that we can do it.”

Macron sparked controversy last month when he said NATO shouldn’t rule out sending troops to Ukraine, a position he has now reaffirmed multiple times. His comments brought attention to the fact that a small number of NATO troops are already inside Ukraine, but Macron appears to be talking about a major deployment for combat against Russia despite the risk of nuclear war.

In the early days of the war, Macron was one of the few NATO leaders who kept in touch with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said that diplomacy that took into account Russia’s security concerns would be necessary to end the conflict. But now, Macron has adopted the maximalist demands of the Zelensky government.

In an interview on French TV last week, Macron claimed there could be no peace without Ukraine taking Crimea. “We are doing everything we can to help Ukraine defeat Russia, because I will say it very simply: there can be no lasting peace if there is no sovereignty, if there is no return to Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders, including Crimea,” he said.

Macron’s reckless comments come as Ukraine is losing significant territory to Russia on the battlefield. Ukrainian forces have stepped up attacks on Crimea and the Russian mainland, which risk a major escalation as Russia views the operations as supported by the West.

A leaked recording of a conversation between German military officers revealed that British soldiers are “on the ground” in Ukraine to help fire Storm Shadow missiles, which have been used frequently to target Crimea. The Economist reported last year that Ukrainian drone attacks on Russia use Western-provided intelligence.

Author: Dave DeCamp

Dave DeCamp is the news editor of, follow him on Twitter @decampdave.