British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “tempting evil” with his statements on the training of Ukrainian troops abroad in the context of the conflict with Russia, Polish General Waldemar Skrzypczak, adviser to the Minister of Defense, said on Friday.
During a visit to India earlier this week, Johnson told reporters that “We are currently training Ukrainians in Poland in the use of anti-aircraft defence, and in fact in the UK in the use of armored vehicles.”
Skrzypczak, who led one of the multinational divisions in Iraq in the mid-2000s, told Polish newspaper Fakt that “When we were on a mission abroad, it was hard to imagine that any of the politicians would talk about our projects or our training on television.”
In making the comments, Johnson “reveals military secrets” in Russia, said the general. “Training is a military matter and must be kept secret. Man should… think before saying such things.
The former commander of the Polish ground forces called the behavior of the Prime Minister “extremely irresponsible” warning that this could lead “disastrous consequences.”
“The Prime Minister may not be aware of this, but with such statements he endangers the success of the entire military operation, as well as the safety of the soldiers,” he added. . said Skrzypczak.
Johnson himself has expressed concern about the outcome of the conflict for Kyiv and its Western backers, warning that there is a “realistic possibility” of Russia’s victory, and insisting that this is a reason to increase lethal aid deliveries to Ukraine.
Britain has been one of Ukraine’s main backers and arms suppliers amid the ongoing conflict. London has already sent anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile systems and armored vehicles to kyiv, among others.
Earlier this month, Johnson made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky and personally assure him of London’s support.
As well as training Ukrainian troops in Poland and on British soil, British servicemen have been deployed to Kyiv, where they are teaching local forces to operate British NLAW anti-tank missile launchers, according to the Times.
On Saturday, a defense source told RIA Novosti that at least two teams of the UK’s Special Air Service (SAS) elite forces arrived at a military base near the city of Lviv in the United Kingdom. western Ukraine. It is alleged that they work to improve the effectiveness of Ukrainian sabotage groups operating in areas controlled by the Russian military.
Moscow has repeatedly condemned NATO countries’ arms deliveries to Ukraine, saying they only destabilize the situation and hamper the prospects for peace.
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 republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a 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. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.