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Air Marshal Andrew Turner, 54, (pictured) sent a letter to the family last week apologising for an incident he said caused 'absolutely unintentional upset'.www.dailymail.co.uk
Why was deputy head of the RAF naked in his paddock? Air Marshal, 54, is suspended after furious neighbours call police complaining he 'flashed his bottom' at them as he apologises for 'absolutely any unintentional upset'
By JOSH WHITE FOR THE DAILY MAIL
- One of the country's most senior RAF officers has been suspended
- It was after neighbours complained to police they had seen him naked in his garden
- Air Marshal Andrew Turner, 54, sent a letter to the family last week apologising for the incident
You just can't make this stuff up.
Stand still, you in the rear rank.... 'orrible little man....
Ukraine invasion: UK troops will not fight against Russia says WallaceWallace: We'd like to throw Russia out of Swift banking system
British troops will not be sent to Ukraine to fight Russia, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has confirmed.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Wallace said Ukraine would instead be supported to "fight every street with every piece of equipment we can get to them".
Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on Thursday morning and its forces have now advanced on the capital Kyiv.
Mr Wallace said Russia failed in its main objectives on the first day of its offensive, losing 450 of its troops.
Over the past month, UK government ministers have repeatedly stressed that UK troops would be unlikely to take part in action within Ukraine.
Mr Wallace explained that sending UK troops to fight in Ukraine - an ally of the UK but not a member of the Nato military alliance it is part of - would trigger a European war.
He said the UK had "done the next best thing, which is to train more than 20,000 Ukrainians, provided them with lethal capabilities, which they are using right now".
Since the invasion began in the early hours of Thursday, 194 Ukrainians - including 57 civilians - have been killed, Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday morning, pledging more support in coming days.
Mr Zelensky said Ukraine "needs the support of partners more than ever" and called for stronger sanctions.
Fighting has also been raging at an airfield on Kyiv's outskirts and there have been reports of gunfire inside the city. Mr Zelensky has appealed to Russia for a ceasefire.
Meanwhile, UN estimates suggested more than 100,000 people have already fled their homes in Ukraine. Overnight, at least 1,000 Ukrainians arrived by train in Poland's south-eastern city of Przemysl alone.
Mr Heappey told the House of Commons that further troops were being sent to Estonia earlier than planned to help the Nato ally. A total of 1,000 troops are on standby to help Ukraine's neighbouring countries handle refugees fleeing Ukraine.
A Royal Navy destroyer, HMS Diamond, has set sail to be on standby in the eastern Mediterranean. The Type 45 destroyer is joining offshore patrol vessel HMS Trent, with four additional RAF Typhoon jets being deployed to Cyprus to take part in patrols.
HMS Diamond has also left Portsmouth Naval Base as part of the UK's response to support Nato countries in eastern Europe.
Mr Heappey said "British and Nato troops should not [and] must not play an active role" and that any miscalculation could escalate quickly.
Mr Wallace warned Russian President Vladimir Putin would not stop after invading Ukraine.
But he said the decision not to "put British service personnel in direct fighting" was not about risk.
The defence secretary said: "I'm not putting British troops directly to fight Russian troops. That would trigger a European war because we are a Nato country and Russia would therefore be attacking Nato."
Asked about the possibility of a no-fly zone above Russia, he replied this would mean putting "British fighter jets directly against Russian fighter jets", adding: "Nato would have to effectively declare war on Russia because that's what you would do."
He called Russia's assault a "naked, aggressive, military invasion" and said he believed diplomacy was currently "absolutely off the table".
The Brit National Audit Office has released its report o the AJAX program:
That's a gobsmack, isn't it? And yet, no one has been taken to the Tower for some confinement prior to having their head lopped off.This quote floored me:
"It is perhaps unsurprising that Ajax remains troubled for one senses that the Army itself is not entirely clear what it is that it wants from this vehicle. We are now at the stage where the Army has already spent around £4bn on Ajax and the Warrior CSP and expects to spend a further £1.5bn on Ajax – in other words, it will have shortly spent almost the same cost as the RN has spent on acquiring and delivery HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and PRINCE OF WALES, and arguably has so far got nothing to show for its investment."
“We need to reimagine how the close battle is fought. And I think most close battles in the future are going to look and feel very much more like Mosul and Raqqa and Fallujah, than it is going to feel like the central European plain,” Carleton-Smith explained. “Therefore, the utility of an [Infantry Fighting Vehicle] in order to maneuver dismounted ground troops into fixed defensive positions, feels like less of a priority for me, against being able to operationally deploy infantry across large strategic distances quickly.” British Army chief Gen. Sir Mark Carleton-Smith
"Were we going to pour very scarce, precious new money into a platform that was going to be nearly 50 years old by the time we were fielding it?"www.defensenews.com