Members of the military have been told they “must be prepared” for the possibility of being deployed to Ukraine to fight in the war against Russia.
Warrant Officer Paul Carney issued the warning six months after Vladimir Putin invaded the country in February, saying British troops “must be prepared for new realities” as the British military “is now preparing to do in the face of the Russian threat”.
WO1 Carney, the Army’s highest-ranking warrant officer, asked soldiers to check that they were fit enough for operations, as well as take time to have conversations with family members, The mirror reports . WO1 Carney wrote in Soldier magazine, “It’s also important to prepare loved ones and families, who often have the most difficult role in our absence.
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“My request is that you have discussions about potential deployment with them now. Find support network numbers and knowledgeable people who can help, such as the unit social worker and chaplain.
“It’s critical as we might be out of touch for long periods on tour,” he continued. if we worry about the house.
The warning follows a message from Army Chief General Sir Patrick Sanders in June, who said: ‘We are the generation that must prepare the army to fight again in Europe. Britain has already sent military aid to Ukraine in the form of a range of equipment including several rocket launcher systems, armored vehicles, artillery, small arms and ammunition.
General Lord Richard Dannatt, former head of the army, added: “This is prudent advice from the best soldier in the army. This does not mean that the army is about to deploy to Ukraine, but it is the duty of any army in peacetime to prepare for war, in all aspects of life.
“Having said that, with a war in Europe, aggressive Russia and worried countries on Russia’s borders, it makes sense for British soldiers to be realistic about what might happen.”