U.S. forces arrive in Poland to strengthen Eastern European allies

Poland, Jasionka-Don’t equip with dozens of elite US troops near the Ukraine border in southeastern Poland on Sunday after President Joe Biden ordered the deployment of 1,700 soldiers amid fear of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Was seen landing.

Hundreds of infantry units from the 82nd Airborne Division are expected to arrive at Rzeszow-Jashionka Airport, 90 km (56 miles) from the Polish-Ukraine border. The US Air Force’s Boeing C-17 Globemaster aircraft carried dozens of troops and vehicles.

Their commander is Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue, the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan on August 30.

“Our country’s contributions here in Poland show solidarity with all our allies here in Europe, and obviously we know that at this uncertain time we are getting stronger together. “Masu,” said Donahue at the airport.

U.S. Army General Christopher Donahue
Christopher Donahue (L), Commander General of the U.S. Army, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, after unloading a vehicle from a transport plane arriving from Fort Bragg at Jeshhu Jasionka Airport in southeastern Poland on February 6. Speaks to the journalist, Polish General Wozichevmarkwicka. 2022. (AP photo)

In Warsaw, Polish Defense Minister Marius Blaszak said, “The best response to Moscow’s aggressive policies against the aggressive attempts to rebuild the Russian Empire is deterrence and solidarity.” Welcomed.

Russia has gathered about 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border and some for a joint military exercise in Belarus, but claims that it has no intention of invading Ukraine.

Collective response by NATO member states is “the best response to threats and the only way to ensure security against Poland and other NATO countries on the eastern side of the alliance,” Blazczak said.

He emphasized that he had had many talks with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on this issue.

Biden ordered additional US troops deployed in Poland, Romania and Germany to show US commitment to the eastern side of NATO to both allies and enemies amid heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Poland, an eastern member of NATO, borders both Russia and Ukraine. Romania borders Ukraine.

This department can deploy quickly within 18 hours and launch parachute attacks to secure its primary objectives. Based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the division dates back to 1917.

At the beginning of the week, US planes brought equipment and logistics units in preparation for the arrival of some of the divisions at the airport.

According to Major Przemyslaw Lipczynski, a spokesman for the 18th Mechanized Division of the Polish Army, Polish soldiers have previously worked with and trained with the US Division on missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Approximately 4,000 US troops have been stationed in Poland in shifts since 2017 to strengthen security in the face of increased Russian military activity.

European officials fear that the continent’s energy supply is vulnerable in the event of hostilities over Ukraine.

By Monika Scislowska and Czarek Sokolowski

Associated Press