A 19-year-old member of the Coldstream Guards Regiment has resigned from the ceremonial duties of the Queen’s Guard at Windsor to join the corps of foreign fighters fighting the invading Russian Russian army.
His decision has caused panic in the London Ministry of Defense, and British security chiefs are now looking for him, fearing that Russia will try to claim that Britain has entered the war if active-duty soldiers are found fighting on the line. the front.
The soldier reportedly wrote to his parents before booking a ticket to Poland over the weekend with the intention of crossing the border into Ukraine. He has since posted a photo of his boots on Snapchat.
Officials fear that the young man is among the four British soldiers who fled the country to reach the war zone, causing panic in the British army that Russia could use it as a chance to start the third world war.
Some 150 British Army veterans fighting in Afghanistan have already signed up to support Ukrainian troops, after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she would “support” those who want to join to fight on the side. Ukrainian armed forces.
The government quickly distanced itself from her statement, with Downing Street strongly advising the British not to travel to Ukraine. Members of the British Armed Forces were barred from pursuing calls to battle by the Ukrainian army.
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In a threat deemed “scary” by the British media over the weekend, Moscow has vowed to punish London for its support of Kiev, warning: “Russia will not forget Britain’s desire to co-operate with ultra-nationalist forces in Ukraine and provide British arms to Kiev. “
Former British army chiefs have criticized soldiers who are now in AWOL (unjustifiably absent) as “totally irresponsible” and warned that they could be imprisoned if they return to Britain. According to military regulations, the four are not considered deserters until 30 days after AWOL.
More than 20,000 people from 52 countries have already volunteered to repel Russian invaders from Ukraine, where they will serve in a newly created international legion, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said over the weekend.
A source told The Sun that the Queen’s Guard soldier left his post, wrote a letter to his parents, explaining his decision, and boarded a plane east. The teenager’s friend claimed that the soldier was “bored” and “tired of the ceremonial things”. The source told the newspaper that the young man said that the soldiers should join the army, not “sit in bear fur hats and march”.
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The 19-year-old’s identity was not disclosed
General Lord Richard Dannatt, a former British army chief, warned that it could be disastrous if active British army personnel were captured by Russian forces.
A post on the British Army’s internal courier service said: “There has been recent media coverage of the reception of foreigners into Ukraine to help fight Russia. To be clear, as a member of the British Army you are not allowed to travel to Ukraine to support the ongoing conflict against Russia in any way, whether you are on holiday or not. Please stay professional and focus on your duty and team. ”
The British military cannot legally prevent retired personnel from traveling to Eastern Europe, but full-time and reserve troops have received a stern warning not to take part in the conflict.
A military source said that 150 former British paratroopers were on their way to Poland at the end of last week. Shane, 34, a former sniper from the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, said he received a “green light” from Liz Truss.
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According to The Mirror, retired British Special Forces soldiers have volunteered for missions inside Ukraine to support the country’s defense. The veterans, aged between 40 and 60, met to discuss enlisting in the dangerous mission, supporting the Ukrainians in battle.
The key to their presence is that they include highly trained snipers and experts in the use of anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles.
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