U.S. Airborne Infantry Troops Arrive in Poland Amid Tensions
RZESZOW-JASIONKA, Poland — A couple of dozen elite U.S troops and tools had been seen touchdown Sunday in southeastern Poland close to the border with Ukraine, following President Joe Biden’s orders to deploy 1,700 troopers there amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
A whole bunch extra infantry troops of the 82nd Airborne Division are nonetheless anticipated to reach on the Rzeszow-Jasionka airport, 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Poland’s border with Ukraine. A U.S. Military Boeing C-17 Globemaster airplane introduced a number of dozen troops and autos.
Their commander is Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, who on Aug. 30 was the final American soldier to go away Afghanistan.
“Our nationwide contribution right here in Poland reveals our solidarity with all of our allies right here in Europe and, clearly, throughout this era of uncertainty, we all know that we’re stronger collectively,” Donahue mentioned on the airport.
In Warsaw, Polish Protection Minister Mariusz Blaszczak hailed the deployment, saying that “deterrence and solidarity are one of the best response to Moscow’s aggressive coverage, to the aggressive try at reconstructing the Russian empire.”
Russia has amassed some 100,000 troops on the borders of Ukraine, some for joint army workouts in Belarus, however insists it has no intentions of invading Ukraine.
A collective response by NATO members is “one of the best response to a menace, the one technique of assuring safety to Poland and to different NATO nations on the alliance’s japanese flank,” Blaszczak mentioned.
He pressured he has held numerous talks on the topic with U.S. Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin.
Biden ordered further U.S. troops deployed to Poland, Romania and Germany to reveal to each allies and foes America’s dedication to NATO’s japanese flank amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine. NATO’s japanese member Poland borders each Russia and Ukraine. Romania borders Ukraine.
The division can quickly deploy inside 18 hours and conduct parachute assaults to safe key targets. Primarily based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the division’s historical past goes again to 1917.
Earlier within the week, U.S. planes introduced tools and logistics troops in preparation for the arrival of a part of the division to the airport.
Polish troopers have beforehand labored along with the U.S. division on missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and have skilled collectively, in response to Maj. Przemyslaw Lipczynski, a spokesman for the Polish Military’s 18th Mechanized Division.
Some 4,000 U.S. troops have been stationed in Poland since 2017 on a rotating foundation, as a safety increase within the face of Russia’s elevated army exercise.
European officers worry that the continent’s vitality provides are weak i n the case of hostilities over Ukraine.