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Jan 24 - US places up to 8,500 troops on alert for possible deployment to Eastern Europe
 

 
US places up to 8,500 troops on alert for possible deployment to Eastern Europe amid Russia tensions

(CNN)As many as 8,500 US troops have been put on heightened alert for a possible deployment to Eastern Europe as Russian troops mass on Ukraine's border, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued the prepare to deploy orders at the direction of President Joe Biden, the latest step the US has taken to prepare for a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine that officials have warned could be imminent.

Kirby said that the "bulk of" US troops placed on heightened alert were intended to bolster NATO's quick response force, but added they would be "postured to be ready for any other contingencies as well."

As of Monday afternoon, no final decision to deploy the troops had been made, Kirby emphasized.

"The United States has taken steps to heighten the readiness of its forces at home and abroad, so they are prepared to respond to a range of contingencies, including support to the NATO response force if it is activated," Kirby said. He noted the NATO Response Force "comprises around 40,000 multinational troops."

Earlier on Monday CNN reported the Biden administration was in in the final stages of identifying specific military units it wants to send to Eastern Europe, according to multiple US and defense officials.

Biden discussed options for bolstering US troop levels in the Baltics and Eastern Europe with his top military officials during a briefing at Camp David on Saturday, according to a senior official.

The goal of sending military reinforcements to Eastern Europe would be to provide deterrence and to reassure allies, and there's been no suggestion US combat troops would deploy to Ukraine or take part in any combat roles. Kirby noted the US does have military advisers in Ukraine.

Kirby would not say where the US troops might deploy, but said the US has "made it clear to the Eastern flank allies that we're prepared to bolster their capabilities if they need it."

"In the event of NATO's activation of the NRF or a deteriorating security environment, the United States would be in a position to rapidly deploy additional brigade combat teams, logistics, medical, aviation, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, transportation and additional capabilities into Europe," Kirby said.

The news comes amid US warnings that a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine could be imminent. The State Department on Sunday reduced staffing at the US embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, with the departure of nonessential staff and family members out of "an abundance of caution."

Biden holds call with European leader
Biden was holding a secure video call with European leaders on Monday afternoon, which the White House said was part of the administration's consultation and coordination with European allies in response to Russia's military buildup.

Biden and his national security team have been refining military plans "for all scenarios," including the option of sending troops to Eastern Europe ahead of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, the White House said Monday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said a decision to increase US troops could come ahead of Russian forces moving across the Ukrainian border, but said such a move did not amount to a shift in Biden's thinking.


We have never ruled out the option of providing additional a*sistance in advance of an invasion. Those discussions have been ongoing," she said.

Last week, Biden said during a news conference, "We're going to actually increase troop presence in Poland, in Romania, et cetera, if in fact he moves."

But Psaki said Biden had never ruled out sending additional US troops before an invasion. "That's been part of our contingency planning," she said.

The US sent two weapons shipments to Ukraine over the past week as part of recently directed security a*sistance to help bolster Ukraine's military. NATO countries are also sending additional ships and f*ghter jets to Eastern Europe and putting forces on standby, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement Monday.

"NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the Alliance," Stoltenberg said.

US, UK reduce embassy staffing in Kyiv
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry's latest intelligence a*sessment found that Russia has now deployed more than 127,000 troops in the region, while US officials have said Russia is in a position to launch an invasion at any time.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address Monday that Ukrainian citizens have "no reason to panic" as authorities are "working for the full de-escalation of the situation" in eastern Ukraine.

US officials still don't know what Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to do, or if he has decided to invade Ukraine. But some officials who have seen the intelligence say there is evidence Russia is planning to try to take Kyiv and overthrow the government, as CNN has previously reported.

The UK foreign office said in a statement on Saturday that it has information the Russian government is planning to "install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Kirby said Monday that Russia continues to add "battalion tactical groups" to the border with Ukraine and in Belarus. "They have not only shown no signs of de-escalating, but they are in fact adding more force capability," he said.

Moscow denies it is planning to invade, accusing the US and NATO of escalating tensions over their support for Ukraine. The Kremlin on Monday dismissed the reports about plans to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine as "hysteria.

"Tensions are escalating due to concrete actions taken by the US and NATO," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "I mean, the informational hysteria that we are witnessing. It is generously framed by a huge amount of false information, just lies and fakes."

State Department officials told reporters Sunday that the decision to reduce staffing at the embassy was not due to any change in threat levels to US personnel in the country. The officials said the move to reduce embassy personnel and urge Americans in the country to leave was in part because State Department a*sistance would be "severely impacted" if there is Russian military action in Ukraine.

In addition to the US reducing staffing at its embassy in Kyiv, the UK Foreign Office also announced Monday that some British Embassy staff and dependents were being withdrawn in response to growing threats from Russia.

The US is continuing to engage diplomatically with Russia, but recent talks have failed to bring about any breakthroughs. Russia has said that the US and NATO must commit to never admitting Ukraine into NATO and pull back military deployments from Eastern European counties, including Romania and Bulgaria. The US has said repeatedly these demands are a non-starter, though Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last week the US would respond in writing to Moscow's demands following his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.


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 4 months ago '13        #2
THEDONN  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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THis what yall idiots voted 4

Dark winter


 4 months ago '13        #3
boobalo1  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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US stay tryna get out there.. catch the paint then Putin..
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 4 months ago '15        #4
Top Goon  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x206
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Let's Get It!


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 4 months ago '05        #5
pippen33 
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So we withdrew from one war just so we can get into another war.

Just follow the Oil.
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 4 months ago '04        #6
NAKHI ALLAH 
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Here we go........ Again..
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 4 months ago '15        #7
BrotherMan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x16
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 pippen33 said
So we withdrew from one war just so we can get into another war.

Just follow the Oil.

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 4 months ago '05        #8
bobbysteels18  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x29 OP
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All this tough talk from both sides is not helping. Why does the U.S care about Ukraine, NATO controls most of Europe. We could use some De-escalation talk maybe the U.S shouldn't be arming Ukraine and give a guarantee Ukraine will never join NATO. The U.S didn't want Russian to have nukes in Cuba, they don't want a NATO military presence in Ukraine. The country of Georgia said they were going to join NATO a week later they were invaded. There will be no winners in a war between the U.S and Russia, it could end in world wide devastation. Biden don't even know what he's talking about half of the time last thing we need is him f*ghting a war.
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 4 months ago '15        #9
Lord Funkington 
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Dumbass Americans still think going to war with Russia and China at the same time is a smart move
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 4 months ago '17        #10
Skrr 
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More sensible than an asinine occupation in Afghanistan for 20 years
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 4 months ago '17        #11
Skrr 
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 bobbysteels18 said
All this tough talk from both sides is not helping. Why does the U.S care about Ukraine, NATO controls most of Europe. We could use some De-escalation talk maybe the U.S shouldn't be arming Ukraine and give a guarantee Ukraine will never join NATO. The U.S didn't want Russian to have nukes in Cuba, they don't want a NATO military presence in Ukraine. The country of Georgia said they were going to join NATO a week later they were invaded. There will be no winners in a war between the U.S and Russia, it could end in world wide devastation. Biden don't even know what he's talking about half of the time last thing we need is him f*ghting a war.
BC we get to keep Ukraine as a buffer zone like china likes keeping NK as a buffer zone, and America has its ocean buffer zones.

Not tryna have Putin next door to the EU
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 4 months ago '14        #12
WizDoM 
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Biden should let the eu and nato handle this. if it gets to crazy (Ukraine invaded) we can do stuff under the table. Why do we always announce who were arming.
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 4 months ago '04        #13
deziking  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Biden has also authorized $200 million “in additional support to meet Ukraine’s emergency defense needs,”



while mfers are sh*tting in streets and doing drugs openly muriiccaaa
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 4 months ago '17        #14
2007 
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Thats what they signed up for

 4 months ago '06        #15
whammy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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Alright boys.

They're about to increase enlistment bonuses.

We're up next.
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 4 months ago '19        #16
Zack Bible 
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Biden won’t do sh*t. They need to boost poll numbers.
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 4 months ago '17        #17
quarter  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x28
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Draft time!!!

 4 months ago '20        #18
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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What is Russia waiting on ?

 4 months ago '08        #19
Diamond_V  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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Earn that hell cat money
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 4 months ago '18        #20
Negvagabon 
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So the 20 year war in Afghanistan is over. We’re already on to the next one the U.S has been in “peace time” for just 29 years of its 220+ years of existence.
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 4 months ago '06        #21
daffysm 
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 pippen33 said

Just follow the Oil.
what?
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 4 months ago '15        #22
Deuce2416 
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 Lord Funkington said
Dumbass Americans still think going to war with Russia and China at the same time is a smart move




fu*k it. Nuclear war on deck. fu*k America. fu*k Russia. Burn all this sh*t. I don’t give a damn. It’s over for Esau
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 4 months ago '16        #23
foshoVoodoo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x60
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they on the same team

the gearing up for stage 6

Phase 6: Cancel the debts and dematerialize the money. (March 2022-September 2022)
> – Trigger the economic, financial and stock market collapse, the bankruptcy of the banks.
> – To rescue the losses of the banks in the accounts of their clients.
> – Activate the «Great Reset».
> – De-materialize money.
> – Cancel debts, loans and loans.
> – Impose the digital portfolio. (Digital Wallet)
> – Seize properties and land.
> – Ban all global medicines.
> – Confirm the obligation to vaccinate semi-annually or annually.
> – Impose food rationing and a diet based on the Codex Alimentarius.
> – Extend the measures to emerging countries.
> Result, Third stage of digital control. Extension of the N.O.M. to the whole planet.
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 4 months ago '11        #24
UziMane  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11
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 pippen33 said
So we withdrew from one war just so we can get into another war.

Just follow the Oil.
96% of drugs come flown in to the US come from Afghanistan, opium. That and minerals are the main reasons
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 4 months ago '17        #25
Class of 2017 
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 pippen33 said
So we withdrew from one war just so we can get into another war.

Just follow the Oil.
The US is technically responsible for defending the Ukraine per the Budapest Momorandum





So you could take a break from watching conspiracy theory videos on youtube and boxden comments and learn something.
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