Biden appears to suggest US troops going to Ukraine — Analysis

“You’re going to see when you’re there,” the president told members of the 82nd Airborne Division in Poland

American President Joe Biden said Friday to American Soldiers that “you’re going to see”Ukrainian civilians fight Russian soldiers “when you’re there.” Despite signaling a potential US deployment to Ukraine, the White House says there’s been no change to Biden’s position of not sending troops into the country.

“You’re going to see when you’re there … some of you have been there. You’re going to see women, young people standing in the middle, in the front of a damn tank saying ‘I’m not leaving, I’m holding my ground’,” Biden told members of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Poland.

Biden mentioned the same scenes of civilians blocking tanks – widely publicized by pro-Ukrainian outlets – earlier on Friday as well, callingThese incidents “Tiananmen Square squared.”

The president has thus far remained insistent that American troops will not intervene in Ukraine, and has ruled out establishing a NATO-enforced ‘no-fly zone’ over the country. He argued that the latter would require America and its allies to declare war on Russia. This would result in a “third world war.”

Biden’s words to the troops are unclear. “some of you have already been there.”The Florida National Guard was training alongside Ukrainian forces last month when Russia launched an offensive. They were quickly recalled. The 82nd Airborne Division was sent straight to Poland from Fort Bragg in North Carolina in February, although its troops have trained in Ukraine at several points since the 1990s, and the army’s 101st Airborne Division deployed there in 2019.

Biden’s statement triggered concern that the US may be preparing to intervene in Ukraine. A spokesperson for the White House said that Biden’s statement raised concerns about US intervention in Ukraine. saidSoon after, “The president has been clear we are not sending US troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”

The United States currently has around 100,000 troops stationed on European soil, making it the biggest deployment of US troops to Europe since 2005. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that conflict in Ukraine created an environment for a “new security reality”The Cold War-era Alliance will increase military spending in Europe and send more troops and equipment to Eastern Europe. 

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