The US has agreed to deploy additional troops in Europe as Russia continues to maintain its military build-up around Ukraine’s border, triggering fears of a possible invasion.
According to a US Department of Defense (DoD) statement, another 3,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division will soon be moved to Europe.
The 82nd Airborne Division is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Earlier this month, the US announced that it will move approximately 3,000 service members to Romania, Poland, and Germany.
The US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the decision to increase the deployment was taken following further signs of escalation across the Russian-Ukrainian border.
A senior defence official told DoD reporter Jim Garamone: “This second tranche of airborne soldiers will join, in Poland, the first tranche of 1,700 soldiers and key enablers that Secretary Austin ordered there on 2 February.
“Nearly two-thirds of this first tranche has already arrived.”
US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin III has temporarily re-positioned 160 Florida National Guard members in Ukraine. The members have been in the country since late November to train the Ukrainian armed forces.
In a written statement, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said: “They are departing Ukraine and will reposition elsewhere in Europe.
“The secretary made this decision out of an abundance of caution, with the safety and security of our personnel foremost in mind, and informed by the State Department’s guidance on US personnel in Ukraine.”
There are more than 80,000 US service members currently in Europe.