American general sees war sacrifices like 1944

AndJoining their French and British counterparts at Bayeux, General James McConville praised the Allies of 1944 for “working together to restore freedom to the people of Europe.”

“We are in a very similar situation with the unjustified attack on Ukraine. It reminds us that freedom is not free”, he stressed.

Three soldiers meet in a town in the Normandy region ahead of celebrations for the Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy, controlled by Nazi Germany, on June 6, 1944.

The war in Ukraine is “a setback in history and a dangerous conflict between great powers,” British General Patrick Saunders insisted at a press conference.

Saunders recalled that the British Army trained 10,000 men [soldados ucranianos] From June to 2022, 25,000 to 30,000 are expected to be trained this year.

According to the British, “Ukrainian soldiers are extraordinarily impressive.”

“The youngest is 18 years old, the oldest is 65. They will not rest, they will never stop, they are very determined to get the Russians out of their country”, he emphasized.

Asked about the lessons of the Ukrainian conflict for their respective armies, French General Pierre Schill chose to be cautious: “What we see in this conflict is a story, messages are being sent to the enemy, but there is still much to learn”.

Regarding the expected Ukrainian counteroffensive, Schill stressed that the effort “reveals the supreme importance of the will to fight, to defend one’s own nation, to trust in the chain of command.”

The war, triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began in February 2022, has plunged Europe into its worst security crisis since World War II (1939-1945).

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The number of civilian and military casualties in the conflict is unknown, but many sources, including the United Nations, agree that it could be much higher.

Ukraine relies on support from Western allies to supply them with weapons, and allies have also imposed economic sanctions against Russian interests in an attempt to limit Moscow’s ability to finance the war effort on Ukrainian territory.

Also read: EU maintains embargo on Ukrainian grain in five countries until September 15

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