Tensions continue to rise in the Ukraine-Russia crisis as President Biden sends 2,000 more troops abroad and shifts 1,000 troops that are already overseas.
These troops are being sent to defend U.S. NATO allies.
“This force is designed to deter aggression and enhance our defensive capabilities in front-line allied states,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said.
These additional forces are separate from the 8,500 forces placed on heightened alert last week. The 1,000 troops already abroad will be relocating from Germany to Romania, while the 2,000 deploying will head to Germany and Poland.
Russia continues to build up forces along the Ukrainian border despite diplomatic pursuits.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warns of Russia’s intentions.
“Russia aims to shatter the long-established order in Europe and the Euro Atlantic area, undermine its core principles and destroy the post-cold war security architecture,” he said.