25.01.2022 | War fears surge as Biden puts 8,500 US troops on 'high alert' over Ukraine-Russia tension
Source - The Daily Express
In a latest move by Washington to counter Moscow's military build up on the border of Ukraine, at least 8,500 US troops are readying themselves to be deployed. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said no decision whether to deploy or not had been made yet.
The troops could be called upon in case of an escalation between Ukraine and Russia.
Mr Kirby said any deployment would separate from Intra-European movements of US troops to NATO's eastern flank in a bid to reassure nervous allies.
This comes as defence chiefs finalise plans to bring home around 1,000 Britons from Ukraine amid fears of a Russian invasion.
Officials are considering sending troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade to mount an evacuation of UK nationals.
According to reports Moscow's commanders have ordered large amounts of multi-launch rocket systems to be transported into Belarus which could be used for an invasion.
Last week, it was reported a special group of SAS soldiers could be placed within Ukraine acting as military advisers.
One security source told the Daily Mirror: “British intelligence is watching developments all over Ukraine but in particular in Crimea, which is occupied by Russian forces.
“All of the other manoeuvres may have been a ruse to deflect from Crimea and Putin may want to expand it towards contested Donbas.”