Baghdad A Polish army spokesman announced, on Saturday, the start of transferring US reinforcements to Poland, in the context of reassuring allies concerned about the Russian-Ukrainian tension.
Major Brzenislav Lichinsky, according to AFP, said: “The first soldiers have arrived at Jesyonka airport” in the southeast of the country, adding that the bulk of the US battalion, consisting of 1,700 soldiers, “will arrive soon.
He explained that logistical preparations began last week. Today, a plane carrying soldiers of the US 82nd Airborne Division landed in Jesyonka.
The United States announced, on Wednesday, the dispatch of 3,000 additional American soldiers to Eastern Europe, to defend NATO countries from any aggression, amid diplomatic attempts to persuade Moscow to withdraw its forces massed on the borders of Ukraine.
The new US forces are added to the 8,500 soldiers that US President Joe Biden put on alert, at the end of January, to be deployed to the NATO Rapid Response Force if necessary.
Westerners have accused Moscow since the end of 2021 of mobilizing thousands of soldiers on the borders of Ukraine, in preparation for a possible invasion, which Russia denies, stressing that it is only seeking to ensure its security.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency