Will we see US troops in Ukraine soon? The Pentagon is planning on expanding the NATO presence in eastern Europe by deploying troops into Poland, and they are also going to be sending F-16 and F-15 fighter jets along with them.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, some people are accusing Russia of being involved in making the leaflets that demanded Ukrainian Jews register with the pro-Russian separatists, who have taken over multiple buildings in eastern Ukraine. The central government has also accused Russia of giving the separatists weapons and military uniforms. Events like these have caused some journalists to claim we may have witnessed the trigger points that start World War 3, while others fear the United States and Russia will begin another Cold War involving economic warfare.
Earlier this week, NATO troops were deployed to the Baltic region in response to Vladimir Putin threatening to use military action if Russia feels Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens are threatened by a looming civil war. At the time, it was being predicted that US troops in Ukraine may be the next step, or at least that the United States may have to increase its military presence in Europe. There’s also talk of sending aid to Ukraine in the form of food and military supplies.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed this was the plan in an announcement, although at this time only a small amount of US ground troops will be sent to Poland:
“As Secretary Hagel made clear, we continue to look for ways to reassure NATO allies of our strong commitment to collective defense under Article Five. To that end, we are considering a range of additional measures we could take to bolster air, maritime and ground readiness in Europe.”
The US military also deployed 12 F-16 fighter jets to Poland and delivered 10 F-15s to the Baltic states.
On Thursday, Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union reached an agreement in Geneva which called for disarming separatist groups and returning all the government buildings in the 10 cities seized by the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, which declared itself a separate state from Ukraine. Denis Pushilin is the leader of this group, and he does not recognize the legitimacy of the government in Ukraine, calling for them to give up their government buildings instead. Pushilin is also calling for the same type of referendum that led to Crimea being annexed to Russia.
President Obama has been openly skeptical about Russia agreeing to lower the tensions, and is still threatening economic sanctions if Moscow does not follow through. Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, says Obama’s response is unreasonable:
“You must not act toward Russia as if it were a naughty schoolgirl, to whom you thrust some kind of paper where it’s necessary to mark off that she did her homework.”
Do you think President Obama will put US troops in Ukraine, or do you think he will not risk confronting Russia?