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Fort Campbell units deploying to Europe amid continuing tensions between Ukraine and Russia

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Stephen Jerkins
Units from Fort Campbell are preparing to deploy to Europe.

Several hundred soldiers from the 101stAirborne Division and Fort Campbell are deploying to Europe starting Tuesday night in anticipation of a potential Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

The announcement was made just before a town hallTuesday. An Army spokeswoman announced Tuesday afternoon that departures will begin Tuesday evening.

At that town hall, Maj. Gen. JP McGee said the units had previously been placed on a heightened level of readiness, and that they’ve been preparing for deployment orders for the past few weeks. They’re among about 3,000 U.S. troops that will be sent to Poland, which borders Ukraine and Belarus, where Russian troops have been massing.

“Our soldiers will provide valuable support for our higher headquarters, demonstrate solidarity with all of our allies, and reassure our Polish allies at this critical moment,” said McGee.

McGee also said that other troops are preparing for a possible deployment to the area. In a statement, the White House maintained that the U.S. is still open to diplomacy — but remains prepared for every scenario. 

President Biden addressed the public on the situation on Tuesday afternoon, saying the United States had not yet verified whether Russian military units had moved away from the Ukraine border, despite claims by Russian officials.

“An invasion,” Biden said, “remains distinctly possible.”

Damon Mitchell
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