Army chief warns of Russian army's moral decay in speech to junior soldiers

General Sir Patrick Sanders said they must be ready to stop the spread of war in Europe.

The head of the British Army has told junior soldiers they are joining an army mobilising to stop the spread of war in Europe, as the Russian army suffers "moral decay".

Chief of the General Staff (CGS) General Sir Patrick Sanders was the VIP guest as 500 junior soldiers graduated from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

The new recruits passed out in front of families and friends, as the CGS reminded them of their broader purpose of "being ready to fight and win wars on land".

The Army chief said success on battlefields depends upon the "motivation, passion and tenacity of those involved", shown by the brave Ukrainian forces defending their homeland.

General Sir Patrick finished by telling the latest cohort of junior soldiers that he is proud to serve in the same Army as "each and every one of you".