New army chief tells British troops that they must be capable of ‘defeating Russia in battle,’ reports say

A British Stormer vehicle fires a Starstreak High Velocity Missile, September 13, 2014.

General Sir Patrick Sanders told British troops that they must “prepare to fight in Europe once again,” the BBC reported.
 He said it was the first time since 1941 to take command of the army in the shadow of a land war in Europe.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who visited Ukraine on Friday, wrote in The Times: “We need to steel ourselves for a long war.”

The new chief of the British army has told his troops that they must “prepare to fight in Europe once again” as the Russian invasion of Ukraine rages with no end in sight.

General Sir Patrick Sanders took up his position on Monday and addressed all ranks and civil servants in an internal message seen by the BBC, warning about the challenges the war in Ukraine poses.

The BBC reported that the message, said, “we are the generation that must prepare the Army to fight in Europe once again.” 

He said troops must be ready “to protect the UK and be ready to fight and win wars on land” and that there is a “burning imperative to forge an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle.”

British soldiers fire a Main Battle Tank Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon (MBT NLAW) during training in Poland, March 7, 2018.

In the message, General Sanders described himself as “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.”

This statement comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy on Friday in Kyiv. Johnson wrote in The Times that: “I am afraid that we need to steel ourselves for a …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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