In light of recent events in the volatile battle occurring in Ukraine, British PM Boris Johnson has warned any soldiers from heading to the conflict as they could face court-marshalling.
The PM went onto to state that they “have very clear laws in this country (UK). You shouldn’t go to Ukraine, and I’m afraid people going from our armed services, as the chief of defence staff made clear the other day, will face court martial.”
His comments came in stark contrast to Liz Truss, British Foreign Secretaries comments at the end of February where she stated that she would back any Britons heading to Ukraine to fight against Russian forces.
British Ministry of Defence officials have banned any personnel from heading to the conflict until further notice and warned they will face prosecution if they do so.
At this stage it is strongly believed that a small number of British soldiers have gone AWOL and headed to the Ukraine. British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has stated that the soldiers who have headed to the battle will face a court martial upon returning to the UK, although it is not apparent what punishment they are likely to incur.
The belief of Mr. Wallace is that the UK could be wrongfully deemed by Russia to be “a belligerent” in the war; and potentially damage their relations further.