As Russia’s military presence near Ukraine’s border continues to rise, the US is prepared to deploy roughly 3,000 troops to Eastern Europe. Approximately 1,000 American soldiers stationed in Germany will be moved to Romania to reinforce American forces already present in the nation in the next few days.
According to Kirby, some 2,000 US troops would be deployed to Europe “in the next few days.” The vast majority of these troops will be based in Poland. Kirby continued saying that the reinforcements are part of a Stryker infantry battalion “prepared to deploy rapidly and deploy in short order.”
“This force is collectively trained and equipped for several tasks to deter aggression and to reassure and defend our partners,” Kirby stated. These troop rotations are thought to be “temporary,” and the US will review the situation as it develops.
“They are ready, capable, and prepared to maintain their treaty duty to NATO,” said the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman. According to Gen. Mark Milley, an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all. President Biden said last week that American forces would be stationed in NATO countries. According to Kirby, they will not fight in Ukraine but would instead “maintain aggressive protection of our NATO partners.”
Moreover, the deployment instructions for the 8,500 troops on “heightened alert” have yet to be issued. The decision was made at President Biden’s request and on the advice of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. According to a top Biden Administration official, more US-based forces would be sent to Europe.
Russia has amassed almost 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders, and its leadership thinks that its Western rivals are ignoring its requests. “At this time, the decision has been taken to place these units on high and higher alert exclusively,” Kirby says.