As a result of a senior Kremlin official’s claim that Russia has been at war with NATO on Ukrainian soil, the United States is sending an air assault division to Europe to help shore up the military alliance’s eastern flank.
On Thursday, the U.S. Mission to NATO announced the deployment of the 101st Airborne Division, also known as the “Screaming Eagles.” To “reassure our Allies and deter our adversaries,” it was stated that nearly 2,400 soldiers would be sent to NATO members Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Slovakia.
Intensely revitalized return The Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division have returned to Europe after an absence of 80 years. As part of an effort to secure the eastern flank of NATO, reassure allies, and deter potential foes, nearly 2,400 U.S. troops will be sent to the countries of,,, and. The #NATO family has united! pic.twitter.com/4uGnZzpbFA — Representative of the United States to NATO When: August 11th, 2022
First deputy chief of the Russian presidential staff Sergey Kiriyenko claimed the previous day that the West was conducting a “hot military operation” against Russia in Ukraine.
According to the Russian state-owned news agency Tass, he was quoted as saying, “We understand very well that on the territory of Ukraine we are not at war with Ukraine and, of course, not with Ukrainians.” On Ukrainian soil and with the help of the Ukrainians, the entire NATO alliance is at war with Russia.
Fears that Russia’s ongoing war could spread beyond Ukraine’s borders have prompted NATO to increase its presence in Europe, potentially setting the stage for a larger confrontation between the 30-member alliance and the forces of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin has warned in recent months that any countries that “create a strategic threat to Russia” during the Ukraine offensive can expect “retaliatory strikes,” but he has not declared war on NATO or said that Russia is at war with it.
During an interview with Russian state television in April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reportedly said, “NATO is essentially going to war with Russia through a proxy and arming that proxy” by supplying weapons to Ukraine.
Tass quotes Kiriyenko as saying on Wednesday that Ukrainian leaders have turned their country and its citizens into a proxy of NATO.
He explained that this was done so that the West could use Ukrainian soil and citizens to pit themselves against Russia. NATO will fight eagerly, as they have openly declared, until the last Ukrainian is dead, and they will feel no remorse about it.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has refrained from taking an active role in the conflict in Ukraine, but its member states have provided the country with security assistance and weapons. One such weapon, the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), supplied by the United States, has received widespread media attention for its effectiveness in helping the Ukrainian armed forces.
“recognized for its unmatched Air Assault capability, its ability to execute any combat or contingency mission anywhere in the world,” is how the U.S. Army describes the Screaming Eagles’ airborne division.
Newsweek contacted the Russian government and NATO to get their reactions.
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