The Pentagon spokesperson revealed during a Monday press briefing that 8,500 troops stationed in the United States have been placed on high alert and are being prepared for deployment to Ukraine, in case the need arises.
The official later added that the US is prepared to deploy troops to Europe within five days, should they be called upon.
Forces already stationed in Europe may also be readied for deployment to other NATO allies in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States.
“This is about getting troops ready… and to make sure we’re bolstering and staying unified with the [NATO] alliance…. no deployment orders have been given,” Kirby told reporters.
Kirby added, “The bulk would be ground forces…not ruling out intra-theater moves.”
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