The ‘bored’ 19-year-old Coldstream guard gave up his post as Queen’s guard to join Ukraine’s fight against Vladimir Putin as Russia went to war
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A soldier who vowed to protect the Queen with his life has given up his post to fight in Ukraine.
The 19-year-old Coldstream guard has abandoned his role in Windsor to join the fight with Vladimir Putin’s forces in Eastern Europe.
The teenager is one of a number of Britons believed to have left their posts 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.
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.
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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.”
Some top military officials have quashed the youth’s decision to leave office.
It happened when Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told the BBC that she supported the British going to fight in Ukraine.
“It’s something everyone can decide for themselves,” she said.
“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.”
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace later clarified that only Britons with military experience and those who are no longer in the British Armed Forces should consider joining the war effort.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had earlier called on troops around the world to increase their numbers by forming an “international corps”.
Last week, he revealed more than 16,000 foreigners had volunteered to fight.
“We have nothing to lose but our own freedom,” he said.
A MOD spokesman said: “All Service Personnel are prohibited from traveling to Ukraine until further notice.
“This applies whether or not the Service Worker is on leave. Employees traveling to Ukraine will face disciplinary and administrative consequences.”
Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.
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