Servant Queen’s Guard, 19, leaves so he can fight Vladimir Putin’s forces in Ukraine

A TEEN Coldstream Guardsman has abandoned his post protecting the Queen to fight Mad Vlad’s invaders in Ukraine.

The 19-year-old soldier left his barracks in Windsor, left a note for his parents and booked a one-way ticket to Eastern Europe.

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The serving Queen’s Guard, 19, left his post to fight Putin’s forces in Ukraine
The teenager left a note for his parents and booked a one-way ticket to Eastern Europe

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The teenager left a note for his parents and booked a one-way ticket to Eastern Europe
Ukrainians inspect charred Russian tank in Sumy

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Ukrainians inspect charred Russian tank in SumyCredit: Reuters

Defense chiefs try to intercept him as Russia fears Britain may have entered the war if he is caught.

The missing teenager is one of four British soldiers who fear he disappeared fighting in Ukraine.

Top Brass fears that many more people have left to fight, including reservists and troops on leave who are not yet missing.

Until now, only former military personnel headed to the front.

The rogue squads pose a huge security threat as they could be used by Vladimir Putin to claim Britain has gone to war if found by Russian troops.

Defense chiefs, police and the Foreign Ministry yesterday rushed to reach the soldiers before they managed to join the Ukrainian Foreign Legion in Lviv, western Ukraine.

A source close to the teenager told The Sun he left his base in Windsor, Berks, where he and his colleagues were babysitting the Queen at the nearby castle.

The soldier wrote to his parents before booking a one-way ticket to Poland this weekend with the intention of crossing the Ukrainian border afterwards.

He has reportedly since posted a picture of his boots on Snapchat.

Friends believe the photo shows he managed to join President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s defense forces.

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Her family were too upset to speak when they were approached by a reporter for comment yesterday.

A Defense Ministry spokesman told The Sun that all military personnel were banned from traveling to Ukraine until further notice.

He said: “This applies whether the service person is on leave or not. Staff traveling to Ukraine will face disciplinary and administrative consequences.

A friend of the AWOL soldier said he had become “bored” of his regiment’s ceremonial role – which included parading in the guardsmen’s famous bearskin hats – as war raged in Ukraine.

The friend said, “He had had enough. He was promised a tour in Afghanistan, like many other guys after all the ceremonies. But that didn’t happen.

“A lot of guys are fed up. They were promised an operational tour and it was pushed under their noses for about three or four years. Then, when the tour was supposed to take place, it was cancelled.

“He went without leave, bought a ticket and is on his way to Ukraine to fight in the war.

“You don’t join the military to stand in bearskin hats and walk. You join him to fight and see the action.

“He probably thinks he could do some good there, but it’s a very misguided decision.

“A VERY ERRONEOUS DECISION”

“Now he has put himself in danger and will no doubt spend time in a military prison like Colchester if he ever comes home.”

Former army chief General Lord Dannatt called the AWOL soldier ‘totally irresponsible’.

He said: “We cannot choose the wars in which we participate. If you join the army, you go to the wars in which you are sent.

“While one can applaud their motivation to want to help, it is completely the wrong thing to do. If they were captured, it would be playing into the hands of the Russians to say that British forces had infiltrated Ukraine, which is completely untrue.

“It would be totally irresponsible for soldiers to take matters into their own hands. It’s bad news, it’s bad discipline and it shouldn’t happen. In times of peace, our duty is to train to be ready for the wars our government chooses to send us into.

More than 150 former British paratroopers who fought in Afghanistan are also believed to have made the dangerous journey to Ukraine so far.

The Sun spoke last week with two former military heroes who entered Ukraine and expressed their desire to help. The pair, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said they “couldn’t just sit back and do nothing”.


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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she would support anyone who wanted to fight in Ukraine.

She added: “It’s something people can make their own decisions about. The Ukrainian people are fighting for freedom and democracy, not only for Ukraine but for the whole of Europe.

“Absolutely, if people want to support this fight, I would support them to do it.”

The government was quick to distance itself from Ms Truss’ comments, with Boris Johnson’s spokesman reiterating that he strongly advises against travel to Ukraine.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace insisted the British should not travel to fight as he ‘didn’t “want to see Britons killed any more than I want to see Ukrainians” die.

Chief of the Defense Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said any soldiers going to the battlefields in Ukraine would give Russia the mistaken impression that Britain had engaged them in fights. And he said the sound of the gunshots was not “something you want to rush into”.

The Coldstream Guards are the oldest continuously serving regiment in the army and specialize in light role operations as well as the protection of royal palaces.

The regiment fought the Russians in the Crimean War on the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine from 1853 to 1856.

They fought at Inkerman, Alma and Sebastopol with distinction, and four of the regiment were awarded the newly commissioned Victoria Cross.

After horrific losses on both sides, the Russians finally yielded to the allied forces of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire and the Treaty of Paris was signed in March 1856.

Commands are crystal clear

By Jerome Starkey

Serving soldiers who abandon their duties to fight with Ukraine risk nuclear Armageddon.

No one doubts their courage in opposing Russia.

It’s only natural that British soldiers, the best trained in the world, want to use this where they need it most.

But if someone is killed or captured, the Kremlin will concoct claims that British soldiers are directly at war with Russia.

This would give Putin an excuse to attack British or NATO troops. This could trigger an Article 5 conflict, where all 30 NATO members would declare war, including Britain, France and nuclear-armed America.

Soldiers on duty are sworn to serve the Queen and obey the orders of her officers.

These orders are crystal clear: do not go to Ukraine.

The rogue squads pose a huge security threat as they could be used by Vladimir Putin to claim Britain has gone to war if found by Russian troops.

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The rogue squads pose a huge security threat as they could be used by Vladimir Putin to claim Britain has gone to war if found by Russian troops.1 credit: East2West

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Smoke rises in the night sky over the eastern city during an attack by Russian soldiers

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Smoke rises in the night sky over the eastern city during an attack by Russian soldiers
Houses destroyed in airstrikes in Sumy, which killed more than a dozen people

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Houses destroyed in airstrikes in Sumy, which killed more than a dozen people
A young boy cries sitting on his brother's shoulders as they search for their mother outside Lviv train station

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A young boy cries sitting on his brother’s shoulders as they search for their mother outside Lviv train stationCredit: Reuters

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