UK Army Commander Urges Troops To Prepare for Land War Against Russia

General Patrick Sanders of the British Army has told his troops to prepare for a land war in Europe, citing Russia as a major threat to peace on the continent, reports say. 

“I am the first Chief of the General Staff since 1941 to take command of the Army in the shadow of a continental land war,” the senior army officer reportedly wrote.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to Britain’s new top army general, has changed the outlook for Britain’s military, which must be capable of fighting alongside allies and ready to defeat Russia on the battlefield.

Sanders is also quoted as saying, “We are the generation that must prepare the Army to fight in Europe again.” “There is now an urgent need to build an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle.”

Sanders stated that it is his responsibility to make the British Army “as lethal and effective as possible,” adding that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine highlights the military’s core purpose of protecting the United Kingdom and “reinforces the requirement to deter Russian aggression with the threat of force.”

Sanders also stated his intention to “accelerate the mobilisation and modernization of the army in order to strengthen NATO and deny Russia the opportunity to occupy any more of Europe.”

Sanders only took full command of the UK army last week. 

The incoming commander’s remarks come as leaders across the Western world brace themselves and their nations for what appears to be a long war, with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg telling the German newspaper Bild that the current conflict in Ukraine could last years.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told the publication, “We must prepare for the fact that it could take years.”

“We must not stop supporting Ukraine,” he added. “Even if the costs are high, not only for military support but also for rising energy and food prices.”

Following another trip to Kyiv this week, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared to reiterate this call for unconditional support.

“Suppose [Putin] was free to keep all of the areas of Ukraine now under Russian control,” Johnson speculated. “Would this bring about peace?” Would the world be a safer place? Would you be more secure? We all know the answer in our hearts. Such a travesty would be Europe’s greatest victory for aggression since World War II.”

“Meanwhile, every dictator around the world would feel emboldened to pursue their own ambitions by force — and no nation anywhere would be safe,” he continued. 

Johnson ended his article with a call for Western nations to continue their military and financial support for Ukraine, though how popular this rallying cry will be in the midst of a crippling cost of living crisis remains to be seen.

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