Warrant Officer Paul Carney advised soldiers to discuss potential deployment with their families
British ‘other ranks’ soldier says British troops must be ready to fight Russia and should prepare their families for the prospect of a “extended” deployment. His advice comes after the UK’s new chief of staff said UK forces must become capable of “defeat Russia in battle.”
Writing for the latest issue of the British Army’s “Soldier” magazine, Carney said that “the army is shaping itself to face the threat of Russia”, and “will be ready, with the right equipment, to play our part in deterring future war in Europe.”
“Deterrent” in this case apparently means deployment. “I want us all to check that we are physically fit for operations. And it is also important that we prepare loved ones and families, who often have the most difficult role in our absence,” He continued.
“My request is that you have discussions about a potential deployment with them now…we may be out of contact for extended periods on tour.”
Carney’s warning does not signal an imminent change in the UK’s role in the Ukraine conflict. However, a warning in June from Britain’s new chief of staff, General Patrick Sanders, suggests the military is looking to Russia as its next major challenger.
“There is now a burning imperative to forge an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle,” Sanders wrote in a letter to his charges. “We are the generation that must prepare the army to fight again in Europe.”
The UK has given Ukraine £2.3 billion ($2.7 billion) in military aid since the Russian military operation began in February. British forces are currently training Ukrainian recruits in the UK, and its intelligence agencies are said to be sharing information with their Ukrainian counterparts.
The UK is a member of the NATO alliance, and should it become embroiled in open warfare with Russia, the bloc’s 29 other member states, including the US, would be forced to enter in the conflict.
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