Ben Wallace today said the UK had ‘kicked the rear’ of previous Russian pioneers and ‘can continuously rehash it’ as he focused on Vladimir Putin. The Defense Secretary, who is a previous warrior who filled in as an official in the Scots Guards during the 1990s, additionally guaranteed the Russian President has gone ‘full tonto’ as pressures keep on ascending in the midst of the demolishing Ukraine emergency. Mr Wallace drastically moved forward the UK Government’s boisterous ambushes against Mr Putin as he talked with Commonwealth fighters during a visit to the Horse Guards working in Westminster today. The remarks came as Ukraine said it will present a cross country highly sensitive situation and Boris Johnson reported the UK will send more cautious weapons to the country in a bid to deflect a full-scale attack by Mr Putin.
Ben Wallace today said the UK had ‘kicked the rear’ of previous Russian pioneers and ‘can continuously rehash it’ as he focused on Vladimir Putin.
The Defense Secretary, who is a previous warrior who filled in as an official in the Scots Guards during the 1990s, likewise asserted the Russian President has gone ‘full tonto’ as strains keep on ascending in the midst of the deteriorating Ukraine emergency.
Mr Wallace significantly moved forward the UK Government’s boisterous ambushes against Mr Putin as he talked with Commonwealth fighters during a visit to the Horse Guards working in Westminster earlier today.
Mr Wallace said Mr Putin had tragically had no partners to help his activities in Ukraine as he contrasted the Russian head with Tsar Nicholas I during the Crimean War – which occurred over 170 years prior and incorporated the Charge of the Light Brigade, one of the most famous fiascos in British military history.
The remarks came as Ukraine said it will present a cross country highly sensitive situation and Boris Johnson declared the UK will send more protective weapons to the country in a bid to stop a full-scale attack by Mr Putin.
The Crimean War took place between 1853 and 1856.
It saw Russia defeated by an alliance of France, the UK and the Ottoman Empire.
The conflict was triggered by a dispute over religious rights as well over long-running tensions relating to the expansion of the Russian Empire.
Russia was led by Emperor Nicholas I at the time.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace today said UK forces had ‘kicked the backside of Tsar Nicholas I’ in Crimea and ‘we can always do it again’ in reference to the Ukraine crisis.
Mr Wallace said Nicholas I had ‘made the same mistake Putin did… he had no friends, no alliances’.
While Russia did not have any major allies in the Crimean War, the conflict itself was a long and bloody affair.
Russian troops occupied part of modern-day Romania in July 1853 which at the time was under the de facto control of the Ottoman Empire, prompting the latter to then declare war.
British and French fleets entered the Black Sea at the start of 1854 amid concerns of an Ottoman collapse.
Russian forces then retreated to the north as the allies decided to launch an attack on the Russian naval base of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula.
The so-called Battle of Balaclava followed which included the infamous
‘Charge of the Light Brigade’.
British light cavalry was mistakenly ordered to undertake a frontal assault of a Russian artillery battery and was forced into an immediate humiliating retreat, suffering heavy losses.
The attack was memorably detailed in Lord Tennyson’s famous poem ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.
After a period of attack and counter-attack, the conflict focused on a siege of Sevastopol which lasted for almost a year.
Russia sued for peace in March 1856 and the war formally ended on March 30, 1856.
The Crimean War became deeply unpopular domestically, with estimates suggested British forces suffered 40,000 casualties.
‘It’s going to be a busy Army. Unfortunately we’ve got a busy adversary now in Putin, who has gone full tonto.’
Mr Wallace said the UK has 1,000 personnel on stand-by to respond to the crisis, adding:
‘The Scots Guards kicked the backside of Tsar Nicholas I in 1853 in Crimea – we can always do it again.’
‘Tsar Nicholas I made the same mistake Putin did… he had no friends, no alliances.’
Mr Wallace made the comments as he visited Horse Guards alongside Home Secretary Priti Patel to announce the Government is scrapping visa fees for long-serving overseas military personnel.
Ms Patel sat stony-faced as the Defence Secretary made the remarks about Mr Putin and the Crimean War while the soldiers sat opposite Mr Wallace appeared to laugh nervously.
The change on visas will mean overseas personnel serving in the British armed forces will be able to apply to stay in the UK without paying a £2,389 application fee.
The visa fee will be scrapped for personnel who have completed six years in the forces or been discharged due to an illness or injury sustained during their service. The waiver will also apply to eligible veterans.
The new policy will come into effect in the spring and could help some of the 9,000 non-UK citizens currently serving in the armed forces if they want to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK after their service ends.
It came as Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the UK will make it ‘as painful as possible’ for Russia if Mr Putin unleashes an all-out attack on Ukraine.
Ms Truss said the Russian leader appears to be ‘hell-bent’ on invading his neighbour, including potentially an assault on the capital, Kiev.
She said the Government has further measures ‘in the locker’ which it could activate, after an initial tranche of sanctions announced yesterday was widely criticized as being too weak.
The situation in Ukraine escalated on Monday this week when Mr Putin announced Russia would formally recognize the breakaway ‘republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
That move was seen by many in the West as a precursor to a full-scale Russian invasion.
Ms Truss said this morning that it is still unclear whether Russian troops have crossed into the territories, after Mr Putin said he was authorizing his forces to move in as ‘peacekeepers’.
Mr Johnson announced at lunchtime that Britain will be sending more defensive weapons to Ukraine in response to the looming threat of a full-scale invasion.
The UK has already sent anti-tank weapons to the Ukrainian military to help counter the threat posed by Russian forces ringed around the country’s borders.
‘This will include lethal aid in the form of defensive weapons and non-lethal aid.’
Russia is currently estimated to have 150,000 troops massed on the borders around Ukraine, with warplanes and armored vehicles continuing to deploy in the area.
Mr Putin has said the only way to resolve the crisis is for the government in Kiev to give up its ambitions to join Nato and to accept the ‘demilitarization’ of the country.
Ukraine today said it is declaring a state of emergency as it urged its citizens living in Russia to leave the country.
Kiev is now calling up military reservists as it prepares to face down the full might of a potential Russian invasion.
The state of emergency move grants President Volodymyr Zelensky extra powers such as the ability to declare snap curfews and marks – for the first time – a direct acknowledgement from Kiev that Russia could now attack at any time in virtually any part of Ukraine, and not just rebel-held areas.
All military reservists aged 18 to 60 – more than 200,000 people – have been called up while Ukraine’s border guard service has restricted movement around border zones, prohibited video recordings of its forces and banned the use of drones. Three million Ukrainians living in Russian have been ordered to leave.
Ukrainian citizens have also been given the power to bear arms – effectively activating civilian brigades who have been training with the national guard in recent weeks.
If an invasion does take place then martial law will be imposed, the head of Ukraine’s security council said. The state of emergency will last for 30 days, but could be extended.
Mr Putin delivered a sabre-rattling address to his troops this morning to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day, praising their ‘battle readiness’ while saying he is assured that they will fight to defend Russian security interests – which he called ‘non-negotiable’.
Russia also began evacuating staff from its Kiev embassy, with the flag reportedly lowered over the building.