As fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine escalates, the Pentagon announced that 3,000 US troops are deploying to Europe by order of President Joe Biden.
This marks the first major movement of US forces after the White House warned that Russia had gathered about 100,000 troops at Ukraine’s borders who are ready to invade at any moment.
US Troops Are Deploying To Europe To Counter Russia
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said about 2,000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division and 18th Airborne Corps will deploy to Germany and Poland within the month. At the same time, the remaining 1,000 US troops already stationed in Germany will be redeployed to Romania.
“The current situation demands that we reinforce the deterrent and defensive posture on NATO’s eastern flank,” John Kirby said.
Poland and Romania share a border with Ukraine and are members of the NATO alliance.
NATO and the White House made it clear that they do not intend to send troops into Ukraine. However, the US is committed to protecting NATO ally countries that border Ukraine, including Poland and Romania.
Russian Pressure And Ukrainian Security
According to Seth Jones, director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Russia continues to move ground, air, and naval forces into a potential invasion position. It has also conducted irregular operations, such as cyber-attacks, subversion, and sabotage.
“We would expect that if there was an invasion, we would absolutely see — as we saw in Syria, for example, with the Russian deployment — an initial focus on heavy offensive cyber operations against command-and-control structures [and] public critical infrastructure in Ukraine, as well as the airstrike from Russian fixed-wing aircraft and bombers against key locations,” Seth Jones said to reporters.
Jone clarified that Ukrainian forces have shown they can hold their own in warfare operations over the past few years. Adding that “in no way, shape or form” would an invasion be easy for Russian forces.
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