General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, former director of Special Forces, has told the UK they must “prepare for war” in Europe as Vladimir Putin is “prepared to take the risk of indulging in open warfare in Europe.”
This comes after the former commander of Special Forces, General Sir Patrick Sanders told every British soldier that they must prepare “to fight in Europe once again” as the conflict in Ukraine continues.
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Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Sir Adrian said, “Yeah, he is absolutely right. The point is that, by preparing for war properly, by building really solid deterrence, we will stop war happening.
“You know, Mr Putin has shown us that he is prepared to take the risk of indulging in open warfare in Europe.
“He’s doing that in Ukraine, with terrible, terrible consequences.
“What we must absolutely ensure is that he doesn’t see an avenue, an opportunity to launch something against NATO to his advantage.
“We must not give him that opening, and what General Saunders is saying is something that’s been said by military commanders for a thousand years – if you want peace, prepare for war.”
General Sanders who is the UK’s new Army commander warned that Vladimir Putin’s bloodbath in Ukraine has fundamentally affected the foundations of global security.
In a chilling message to every single British soldier he has vowed to forge an Army which will win against Russian forces.
In his fourth day in the job he told The Sun, “There is now a burning imperative to forge an Army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle.”
Reference World War Two, General Sanders added, “We are the generation that must prepare the Army to fight in Europe once again.”
He continued, “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.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underlines our core purpose to protect the UK by being ready to fight and win wars on land.”
The former special forces commander said, the Army must “deter Russian aggression with the threat of force.”