Reports say that the British Army’s incoming commander instructed troops to get ready for a battle in Europe. This was citing Russia as an important threat to peace.
General Sir Patrick Sanders, the British Army’s newly appointed overall commander, is said to have told his troops to prepare for potential deployment in Europe in order to counter the threat of Russia.
The report of the Daily Mail, General Sanders — who only assumed full command of the UK’s army last week — told his troops that they are now facing the possibility of having to fight a war on the European continent, an eventuality that they now have to be prepared for.
“I am the first Chief of the General Staff since 1941 to take command of the Army in the shadow of a land war in Europe involving a continental power,”The senior officer in the army reportedly wrote.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underlines our core purpose – to protect the UK by being ready to fight and win wars on land,”He went on. “It is my singular duty to make our Army as lethal and effective as it can be.”
“We are the generation that must prepare the Army to fight in Europe once again,”Sanders has also been reported to have said. “There is now a burning imperative to forge an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle.”
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The incoming commander’s comments come as leaders across the Western world steady themselves and their nations for what now looks like it could be a long war, with the chief of NATO telling German publication BildIt is possible that the conflict in Ukraine will continue for many years.
“We must prepare for the fact that it could take years,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told the publication.
“We must not stop supporting Ukraine,”He claimed more. “Even if the costs are high, not only for military support but also because of rising energy and food prices.”
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Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister was seen reiterating his demand for unconditional support after a trip to Kyiv earlier this week. The Times Over the weekend, the premier suggested that the world would be more dangerous if Putin wins in Ukraine.
“Suppose [Putin] was free to keep all the areas of Ukraine now controlled by Russian forces,”Johnson believed so. “Would this bring peace? Would the world be safer? Would you be safer? In our hearts, we know the answer. Such a travesty would be the greatest victory for aggression in Europe since the Second World War.”
“Meanwhile, across the world, every dictator would feel emboldened to pursue their own ambitions by force — and no nation anywhere would be safe,”He claimed more. “Is that really what anyone in any country would want?”
Johnson ended his article by urging the West to support Ukraine militarily as well as financially. However, it remains to be seen how widespread this appeal will be amid a severe cost-of-living crisis.
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