U.S. Troops Sent to Eastern Europe for Ukraine Conflict



Ukrainian army troops receive ammunition, with a Ukrainian flag in the back, in a field on the outskirts of Izyum, Eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. An Associated Press reporter saw at least 14 armored personnel carriers with Ukrainian flags, one helicopter and military trucks parked 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of the city on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

On February 2nd, 2022, President Biden approved of the deployment of 3,000 U.S. troops to Poland, Germany, and Romania in order to be closer to the immense tension at the Ukraine-Russian border.

Although this is important news for the American citizens, the country is used to involving themselves militarily during times of distress with European allies. According to a CNN news article,  American soldiers weren’t actually sent into Ukraine. Around 2,000 were deployed to Poland and Germany while the other 1,000 were moved into Romania. Diplomatic talks between Russia and NATO were not being resolved leading to NATO starting to view them as a potential threat to Ukraine. Russian separatists haven’t let off the gas about their invasion of Ukraine and the invasion is ongoing. Things could get worse, and if they do, the U.S. wanted to be involved and prepared, according to US officials.

Pentagon press secratary John Kirby was interviewed by CNN about the deployment of the 3,000 troops and had this to say: “These forces are not going to fight in Ukraine.”

This raises the question: if a war between Ukraine and Russia were to break out, just how much greater or less military power will the U.S. move in and out of Eastern Europe?