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Wie die Cousins USA und Kanada bezieht Grossbritannien gegen Russlands Angriff auf die Ukraine unzweideutig Stellung. General Patrick Sanders, in London neuer Chef des Generalstabs, lässt im stets informativen Dienst Forces keine Zweifel offen, wohin er seine Streitkräfte führt: “Es ist nun ein brennender Imperativ, eine Armee zu schmieden, die fähig ist, mit unseren Alliierten zu kämpfen und Russland zu besiegen.”
General Sir Patrick Sanders took over from General Sir Mark Carleton Smith and wrote to his charges about the challenges they face.
“There is now a burning imperative to forge an Army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle,” Sir Patrick said.
“We are the generation that must prepare the Army to fight in Europe once again,” he added.
It comes after the Prime Minister returned from Ukraine with a warning that “we need to steel ourselves for a long war”.
After visiting Kyiv, Boris Johnson said Vladimir Putin’s invasion is “entering a new phase” and if Russian advances are successful he “would not stop at dismembering Ukraine”.
Writing in The Times, Mr Johnson said: “I am afraid that we need to steel ourselves for a long war, as Putin resorts to a campaign of attrition, trying to grind down Ukraine by sheer brutality.
“The UK and our friends must respond by ensuring that Ukraine has the strategic endurance to survive and eventually prevail. Everything will depend on whether Ukraine can strengthen its ability to defend its soil faster than Russia can renew its capacity to attack,” he added.
“Our task is to enlist time on Ukraine’s side.”