No U.S. Army Fights Russia in Ukraine

President Joe Biden said Thursday that US troops would not be ordered to fight in Ukraine after Russia invaded Ukraine earlier that day.

“Our troops have not been and will not be involved in the conflict in Ukraine,” Biden said in a speech from the White House, and more to “protect NATO allies” in Eastern Europe. He added that an army would be deployed. Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but the United States has provided Kiev with hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid in recent years.

Biden said that while further announcing sanctions on Russia’s assets, all 30 NATO members will hold a summit on Friday to “plan the next steps to take to strengthen the alliance.”

In recent weeks, the United States has deployed thousands of additional units and has been ordered by Poland and Germany in recent weeks. This week, the Pentagon confirmed that NATO personnel and military equipment were dispatched to Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania, the three Baltic states bordering Russia.

Earlier Thursday, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia triggered talks under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania said in a joint statement that the alliance should provide Ukraine with military equipment, weapons and ammunition.

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Ukrainian military personnel are preparing to repel an attack in the Lugansk region of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. (Anatolii Stepanov / AFP via Getty Images)

NATO Secretary-General Jason Stoltenberg argued on Thursday that the alliance would protect “every corner” of its members’ territory, adding that “peace on our continent has been shattered.”

“We are now in a war of scale and type that we consider to belong to history in Europe,” Stoltenberg continued.

It came because Ukrainian officials said their troops were fighting Russians on multiple fronts and lost control of the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

“Russia has begun to go on the wrong path, but Ukraine is defending itself and will not give up its freedom,” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter. “It wasn’t Ukraine who chose the path of war, but Ukraine has offered to return to the path of peace,” he said.

Russian and Ukrainian authorities have made competing claims about the damage they have done. The Russian Defense Ministry said it had destroyed a number of Ukrainian Air Force bases, military facilities and unmanned aircraft, confirmed the loss of the Su-25 attack jet, and blamed it for “pilot error.” He said it was using precision weapons rather than targeting cities, claiming that “there was no threat to civilians.”

Earlier this month, the Pentagon announced that some US troops would leave Ukraine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jack Phillips is the latest news reporter for The Epoch Times, based in New York.

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