The British Army have been told to “prepare loved ones and families” over a “potential deployment” inside Ukraine to fight Vladimir Putin’s forces.
The British Army’s highest ranked Warrant Officer gave a grim warning that troops are “shaping” themselves to “meet the threat from Russia” and we are “ready to counter any aggression.”
British troops have been warned they “must be prepared for new realities” and it is “only sensible that British soldiers are realistic about what might happen,” as they could be sent to the battlefields inside Ukraine.
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In June General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, former director of Special Forces, also warned the British forces must “prepare for war” in Europe as Putin is “prepared to take the risk of indulging in open warfare in Europe.”
Reference World War Two, General Sanders added, “We are the generation that must prepare the Army to fight in Europe once again.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned over night that Russia could try to do something “ugly” and “vicious” as his country will celebrate the anniversary of its independence next week.
In his nightly video address, he said Ukrainians must not allow Moscow to “spread despondency and fear.”
The British Army’s highest ranked Warrant Officer Paul Carney, wrote in Soldier magazine, “I want us all to check we are physically fit for operations.
“And it is also important we prepare loved ones and families, who often have the hardest role in our absence.
“My ask is that you have discussions about a potential deployment with them now.
“Find the numbers for the support networks and the relevant people who can help them, such as the unit welfare officer and padre [vicar].
“This is key as we could be out of contact for extended periods on tour.
“Making sure our loved ones have the support they need is vital for us too, as we’re not going to give 10% on tour if we are worried about home,” the Mirror reported.
Former head of the Army General Sir Richard Dannatt told the Mirror, “This is prudent advice from the Army’s top soldier.
“It does not mean the Army is about to deploy to Ukraine but it is the duty of any army in peacetime to prepare for war, in every aspect of life.”
But Lord Dannatt warned, “That said, with a war in Europe, an aggressive Russia and worried countries on Russia’s borders, it is only sensible that British soldiers are realistic about what might happen.”