News from Ukraine: Joe Biden to send US troops to Poland, Germany and Romania in Russian conflict | World | News

The move, which will move 2,000 US troops deployed from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Germany, Poland and Romania, is a serial escalation of the tension already felt in the region. The military moves come amid stalled talks with Russia over its military buildup on Ukraine’s borders. And they point to growing fears across Europe that Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to invade Ukraine – and small NATO nations on the eastern flank fear they may be next. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the unannounced military moves.

Fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine have grown in recent months, after Vladimir Putin deployed more than 100,000 troops to areas near Ukraine’s borders, including neighboring Belarus, backed by tanks , artillery, helicopters and combat aircraft.

Russian officials have insisted that Moscow has no intention of invading.

In his first public remarks on the stalemate in more than a month, Putin on Tuesday accused the United States and its allies of ignoring Russia’s security demand that NATO stop expanding to the north. is, but he said Moscow was willing to talk more to ease tensions over Ukraine.

His remarks suggest that a possible Russian invasion may not be imminent and that at least another round of diplomacy is likely.

Reports have emerged that Russia has further strengthened its military presence on Ukraine’s border.

New evidence has emerged of a steady buildup of Russian military equipment and deployments around Ukraine, with new satellite images revealing a further expansion of military presence in multiple locations in Belarus, Crimea and the west. of Russia.

Russian forces have entered Belarus in the past two weeks.

The Russian and Belarusian defense ministries say the deployments come ahead of a major training exercise this month.

The images were collected and analyzed by Maxar. In an accompanying memo, Maxar said the deployments “reflect an increased level of activity and readiness.”

While Russian capabilities and movements can often be observed, Kremlin intentions are much harder to read.

US President Joe Biden said last week that an invasion of Ukraine in February was “a real possibility”.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said “it is highly likely that [President Putin] is likely to invade Ukraine

“There is a real threat of invasion, but we don’t know what will happen,” she told the BBC on January 30.

Christi C. Elwood