March 6, 2022: The head of Britain’s armed forces, Admiral Tony Radakin, said on Sunday it was “illegal and unnecessary” for the British to go into Ukraine and fight Russia.
His comments contradict British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who said she supported anyone who wanted to volunteer and follow President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s call for foreign fighters to come to Ukraine, saying last week she would support “absolutely” the British wanting to go to Ukraine to fight, and an unknown number have already left.
“We are very clear that starting to move into Ukraine is illegal and unnecessary for the British military and for the British people,” Radakin, the chief of the defense staff, told the press release. BBC television.
“UK support, support in any way possible. But it’s not really something you want to rush into, in terms of the sound of gunshots.
Radakin added, “I think she was thinking…we can all relate to that feeling, and that feeling needs to be channeled into supporting Ukraine, but we say, as military professionals, in done that’s not necessarily the sensible thing to do.
Zelenskyy urged foreigners to turn to Ukrainian embassies around the world to sign up for an “international brigade” of volunteers to help fight the invading Russian forces. He called on foreigners with previous combat experience to come to the aid of their country, which has been under Russian military attack from three sides since Feb. 24.
The UK Foreign Office opposes all travel to Ukraine and advises all Britons to leave the country if it is safe to do so.
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