Thursday, May 26

The United States enlists 8,500 troops before the increase in tension between Ukraine and Russia

John Kirby, spokesman for the Department of Defense.

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In addition to asking the families of US diplomats to leave Ukraine, The government of President Joe Biden has at least 8,500 soldiers ready to deploy, due to the growing tension in the face of a possible invasion by Russia.

This was confirmed by the Defense Department spokesman, John Kirby, at a press conference, where he pointed out that there is still no deployment order, but the troops are ready.

“It’s really about preparing people,” Kirby said, but clarified that there is no clear mission yet. “There is no mission per se, it is about [el secretario de Defensa Lloyd Austin] want to get ahead of possible activation and make sure these units have time to prepare.”

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki also confirmed that President Biden spoke with NATO allies about the military actions, but only as a side scenario, while diplomatic negotiations are underway between the Ukrainian and Russian governments of Vladimir Zelinski. Vladimir Putin.

“We have been consulting with allies and deployed personnel, refining plans for all scenarios,” Psaki said. “We have always said that we would bolster our allies on the eastern flank and those conversations and discussions have certainly been part of what our national security officials have been discussing with their counterparts for several weeks now.”

Alert Level 4

This Sunday afternoon-night, in a conference call with journalists, two senior State Department officials pointed out that there is a Level 4 travel alert for Ukraine and Russia, that is, Americans are suggested to avoid any transfer of tourism or business .

All Americans in Ukraine were also asked to leave the country as soon as possible, because in the event of a military escalation, the Biden Administration will not be able to evict them easily.

“As President Biden has said, military action from Russia could come at any moment,” warned one of the senior officials. “The US government will not be in a position to evacuate US citizens in such a contingency, so they … must plan accordingly, including taking advantage of commercial options if they decide to leave the country.”

Both officials emphasized that the Biden Administration continues on the path of diplomacy, but conditions can change at any time.

“We continue on the path of diplomacy. But if Russia chooses further escalation, then security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders in Russian-occupied Crimea and Russian-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and may deteriorate without warning.” , emphasized one of the officials.

They added that there is still no certainty about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, but the deployment of 100,000 Russian soldiers on the border has the Biden Administration and its allies on alert.

“As for President Putin’s intentions, we don’t know if he has already decided to invade, but he is building military capacity along Ukraine’s borders to have that option ready at any time,” it said.

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