The Pentagon confirms that American soldiers are in Ukraine.
Published on 2.11.2022
The position of the Biden administration, from the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, was that American soldiers would not be present in the country.
The presence of American soldiers in Ukraine would constitute a significant escalation, because if Russia killed or injured them accidentally, it could be considered an act of war by the United States.
The United States has sent $60 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine after approving a $12 billion aid package to that country last month.
Today the Pentagon admitted that there are a “small number” of American soldiers in Ukraine.
The Pentagon explained that the soldiers are there to conduct inspections of weapons supplied by the United States and other Western countries.
While there is still no confirmation of the presence of combat troops in Ukraine, some have warned that this could be the start of a “creeping mission”, where the United States gradually increases its involvement in the conflict.
Zero Hedge reports: Two explosive reports published by the Associated Press and the Washington Post on Monday and Tuesday confirmed that the United States has troops on the ground in the conflict in Ukraine. Crucially, these troops perform tasks distinct from the mere security of embassies.
US troops are reportedly carrying out ‘inspections’ of US weapons caches after the State Department and the Pentagon last week unveiled a new plan to track US-supplied weapons in an effort to to account for the billions of dollars of arms and ammunition transferred to Ukrainian forces since the start of the war eight months ago.
“A small number of U.S. military forces inside Ukraine have recently begun conducting on-site inspections to ensure that Ukrainian troops are properly accounting for the Western-supplied weapons they receive,” he said Monday. a senior US defense official to Pentagon reporters,” according to the AP/WaPo report.