UK should be ready ‘to fight in Europe’ – General Patrick Saunders

The new chief of the General Staff said it was “a burning imperative” to be capable of defeating Russia
UK should be ready ‘to fight in Europe’ – army chief

British forces must prepare “to fight in Europe once again,” said the new chief of the General Staff, General Patrick Sanders, according to a Sunday report from Sky News.

In a letter to his charges, Sanders, whose first day in the new role was June 13, claimed that “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine” underlined the UK troops’ “core purpose to protect the UK by being ready to fight and win wars on land.”

“There is now a burning imperative to forge an Army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle,” the general wrote in his letter, cited across the British media.

He stressed that he is taking over his new responsibilities during a “new era of insecurity.”He also claimed to be 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.

“We are the generation that must prepare the Army to fight in Europe once again,” Sanders claimed.

His remarks followed a stark warning by the country’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Writing in The Times on Saturday, the day after his return from Kiev, Johnson claimed: “I am afraid that we need to steel ourselves for a long war, as {Russian President Vladimir Putin} Putin resorts to a campaign of attrition, trying to grind down Ukraine by sheer brutality.”

In Johnson’s opinion, everything now depends on “whether Ukraine can strengthen its ability to defend its soil faster than Russia can renew its capacity to attack” and therefore the main goal of Kiev’s Western supporters is “to enlist time on Ukraine’s side.” He outlined the main steps to fulfill this goal: further weapons supplies, training Ukrainian forces, supporting the “viability” of the Ukrainian state, developing alternative overland export routes for Ukraine and getting stocks of grain out of Ukrainian ports.

We know Putin would not stop at dismembering Ukraine. Only last week, he compared himself to Peter the Great and arrogated to Russia an eternal right to ‘take back’ any territory ever inhabited by ‘Slavs’, a doctrine that would permit the conquest of vast expanses of Europe, including Nato allies,” the UK prime minister warned.

Russian officials have previously denied any intentions to attack any other countries.

The UK has been one of the key European supporters of Kiev in its fight against Russia. Britain has already pledged more than £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) in economic and humanitarian support to Ukraine and is providing Kiev with, among other things, more than 5,000 NLAW anti-tank missiles and long-range multiple launch rocket systems.

Moscow has consistently warned the West against “pumping up” Ukraine with weapons, saying that it would only prolong the conflict and create further problems. It also made it clear that it considers any foreign weapons on the Ukrainian territory as a legitimate target.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.


6 Responses to “UK should be ready ‘to fight in Europe’ – General Patrick Saunders”

  1. Tapestry says:

    Keep a Kalibr missile ready for any meetings of NATO if they seriously want a land war with Russia.

  2. Mick says:

    It seems to me the expression “a burning imperative to be capable of beating Russia” was used because there is no doubt we have no capability of beating Russia.

  3. danceaway says:

    UKColumn has been exposing for a considerable time the ongoing decimation of the UK Armed Forces and the hidden intention to become part of the European Defense Force. Even the badges worn now are European, not UK.

    Brian Gerrish, who was in the Navy, laughs at the idea that we have a Navy any longer; we are almost at the point of calling tug boats “ships”. There is one aircraft carrier with no aircraft for it. It goes on and on; but the armed forces have been drastically reduced, or amalgamated such as with a French contingent in Cornwall.

    Historical regiments are being combined and thus losing their geographical identity which has been hugely important in the past.

  4. Aldous says:×551.jpg

    Just look at him! Another ‘Sir’ wet-fart-looking UK General Shabbos goy (or crypto just as like) who I suspect won’t be anywhere near the front line, unlike Russian Generals who occasionally die with their boots on alongside their troops. Sanders will no doubt be ‘elevated’ to the House of Lords once he’s served his worthless tenure at the Ministry of Defence(sic).

    Was it General Sir Mark Alexander Popham Carleton-Smith (what a mouthful) – the previous incumbent – who made some ridiculous address with arms akimbo to the troops? From a safe studio of course.
    The UK military are going to get slaughtered if they get involved.

  5. Tapestry says:

    General Sir Patrick Nicholas Yardley Monrad Sanders, KCB, CBE, DSO, ADC Gen…….
    Not poor I guess, Monrad….
    He wants to fight Russians. Great nephew of Colonel Sanders, KFC.
    Only joking.
    Presumably he’s joking about fighting a land war against Russia about Ukraine.
    He’ll end up ‘trussed’ up like a chicken.