By Guest Laylain Moscow
The British Army can deliver a heavy blow to Moscow’s troops and kick Russia “back” If things go wrong, the UK defense secretary said amid an escalating standoff over Ukraine.
In a speech to military personnel on Wednesday, Ben Wallace insisted that history shows British soldiers would be able to confront the forces of the Eastern European nation if necessary, based on their defeat in the 19th century Crimean War.
According to the Minister, the regiment of the Scots Guards “kicked Tsar Nicholas I in the back in 1853 in the Crimea”, and “can always do it again.”
“Tsar Nicholas, I made the same mistake [President Vladimir] Putin did it…he had no friends, no alliances,” he added.
Wallace also claimed the British military was going to work overtime as tensions flared between Moscow and Kiev. “Unfortunately, we now have a busy opponent in Putin, who has been full of Tonto,” said the minister.
His remarks come after the Russian president announced that Moscow would recognize the two breakaway regions of Donbass as independent states.
In recent days, the Kiev army and supporters of the breakaway people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have accused each other of aggression in the form of heavy fire across the line of contact. Last Friday, rebel leaders said they had intelligence suggesting Ukraine was ready to order an offensive to reclaim the two territories.
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Kiev, however, has dismissed claims that it is positioning itself to strike, with the secretary of the country’s National Security and Defense Council, Alexey Danilov, saying “there is an attempt to provoke our forces”, and that the troops would only open fire “if there is a threat to the lives of our military.”
Over the past few months, Western officials have sounded the alarm that Russia might order an offensive against Ukraine. US President Joe Biden said last week that the surge in fighting could be the start of a “false flag” operation, giving troops in Moscow a “excuse to enter” and invade. However, the Kremlin has always denied that it intends to attack.
In another fiery outburst in January, a Polish member of the European Parliament, Radosław Sikorski, threatened that Russia “get kicked in the balls” if he tries to assert control of his country. He also claimed that Moscow is a “serial rapist” in Eastern Europe.
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