Threat from Russia: The British army is preparing for war in Europe

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The British Army is preparing for war in Europe

The Russian invasion of Ukraine shows that the British army must be able to protect the kingdom, says the new Chief of Staff Sanders. “There is an urgent need to create an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle.”

The Chief of the British General Staff, General Patrick Sanders, thinks that it is possible that the British army will have to fight again in the war in Europe. “We are a generation that must prepare the army for the next fight in Europe,” Sanders wrote in a report to soldiers, according to the British news website inews.

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General Patrick Sanders has been the Chief of the British General Staff for almost a week.

(Photo: imago images / PA Images)

“Now there is an urgent need to create an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle,” Sanders said. “I am the first Chief of Staff since 1941 to take command of the army in the shadow of a land war in Europe involving a continental power.”

Sanders took office last Monday. He said his only task was to “make our army as deadly and effective as possible.”

He told soldiers that the Russian invasion of Ukraine underscored the British military’s main mission: “to protect the United Kingdom by being ready to fight and win wars on land.”

Johnson calls for long-term support for Ukraine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meanwhile, has called on Western allies to prepare for a long war in Ukraine. Putin resorted to a war of wear and tear to bring Ukraine to its knees “with sheer brutality,” Johnson told the Times on Sunday.

“Britain and its friends must respond by ensuring that Ukraine has the strategic strength to survive and win,” Johnson wrote. Time is of the essence. “It will all depend on whether Ukraine can strengthen its capabilities to defend its territory faster than Russia regains its offensive capabilities.”

In an interview with the Bild, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also expressed concern that the war could drag on for years. Stoltenberg warned that if Ukraine’s support weakened, it would be a high price. However, Johnson’s rating in the Times contrasts with a statement he made on Saturday. In a television interview, the British Prime Minister spoke in favor of organizing the next Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine. “Kyiv or another safe Ukrainian city would be a fantastic place,” Johnson said, adding, “It’s a year, a year! That’ll be fine.”

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