French President Emmanuel Macron (right) greets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Paris. File photo: Kremlin/dpa
French President Emmanuel Macron (right) greets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Paris. File photo: Kremlin/dpa
Ukraine war

Call reveals Russia’s Putin told Macron he ‘wanted to play ice hockey’ on eve of Ukraine invasion

  • The final call between the French and Russian leaders just four days before Putin ordered the attack on Ukraine is filled with tension and bizarre moments
  • The confidential discussion will be broadcast as the centrepiece of a documentary on Macron’s handling of the war next week

French President Emmanuel Macron (right) greets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Paris. File photo: Kremlin/dpa
French President Emmanuel Macron (right) greets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Paris. File photo: Kremlin/dpa
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