The new chief of the UK’s General Staff, Patrick Sanders, told his troops that they must "prepare to fight in Europe once again" to defeat the forces of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, UK news channel Sky News reported on June 19.
Sanders warned the soldiers about the challenges the British Army faces amid Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine.
"There is now a burning imperative to forge an army capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle," he said.
According to him, he became "the first chief of the general staff since 1941 to take command of the army in the shadow of a land war in Europe involving a continental power".
"Russia's invasion of Ukraine underlines our core purpose to protect the UK by being ready to fight and win wars on land," he added.
The UK has been a stalwart ally of Ukraine, consistently sending arms and political support against the full-scale Russian invasion.