Serving soldiers to Ukraine could risk giving Russia a ‘false perception’ that Britain has sent troops to fight – which could cause a serious escalation of the invasion
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A small number of British soldiers have disobeyed orders and may have traveled to Ukraine to fight against Vladimir Putin’s invasion, the British Army said this evening.
The soldiers were absent without leave and may have gone “in private,” the Army said.
The spokesperson added: “We are actively and strongly encouraging them to return to the UK.”
All service personnel are prohibited from traveling to Ukraine until further notice.
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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has previously said she supports UK civilians who want to go to Ukraine to fight, but they have to decide for themselves.
She told the BBC: “It’s something people can decide for themselves.
“Ukrainian people are fighting for freedom and democracy, not only for Ukraine but also for Europe.
“Absolutely, if people want to support that struggle, I’ll support them in doing so.”
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However, the head of the British armed forces said the British should help in reasonable ways from home rather than going into a war zone.
Last week, active-duty soldiers were warned that going to Ukraine could give Russia a “false perception” that Britain has sent troops to fight – which could cause a serious escalation of the conflict. aggression.
However, some have left the war, including one soldier who vowed to protect the Queen with his life who gave up his post to fight in Ukraine.
The 19-year-old Coldstream guard has abandoned his role in Windsor to join the fight against Vladimir Putin’s forces in Eastern Europe.
The teenager is one of a number of Britons believed to have left office to join the war effort.
Department of Defense (MoD) agents are said to be trying to locate the teenager out of concern Russia could see the soldier registering as Britain entered the skirmish.
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The move potentially threatens to destroy the progress the West has made to avoid a dire situation erupting into a worldwide conflict.
A source told Sun he wrote to his parents before going to AWOL.
The insider said: “He has had enough. He was promised a tour of Afghanistan, like so many other players, after all the ritual involved. But that did not happen.
“A lot of guys are fed up. They were promised an active tour and it was pushed back under their noses for about three or four years. Then, when the tour was supposed to take place, it was cancelled.
“He may think he can do some good there but it’s a very wrong decision.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had earlier called on troops around the world to increase their numbers by forming an “international corps”.
The two Britons are among an estimated 20,000 foreign nationals who have come to Ukraine to fight since the conflict broke out.
The Mirror interviewed them by phone from their base in Ukraine.
One of the two – named James, from Manchester – arrived in Ukraine two weeks ago and was one of about 15 Britons who joined the Georgian National Army.
James, 22, told The Mirror: “I just told them the truth when I got here because I’m not good with goodbyes.
“My mom was very supportive but my dad was a bit ‘ugh’. I think they were worried about me.
“They are proud that I stood up for Ukraine but scared for my safety. If it happens, I am ready to die for this cause.
“I know I may never return home but if I die, I will die for freedom.”
Thomas, 25 and from London, told the Mirror he hopes to stop Putin’s territorial expansion by pushing back the Russians in Ukraine.
The former British Army soldier said: “First it was Georgia, now it’s Ukraine and next it will be London.
“It’s a three-hour flight here, it’s faster than going to Manchester and I’ll defend Manchester.”
Thomas said he decided to volunteer in Ukraine after realizing that people were willing to stand up and fight for their country.
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