The Pentagon has no plans to send troops to Ukraine
The United States is not planning any additional troop deployments to Ukraine, and U.S. National Guard troops remain in the country, serving as military instructors and advisers. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said this on Tuesday at a regular briefing for journalists.
“There are currently no plans to send additional troops to Ukraine, and there is no change in what the Florida National Guard is doing on the ground,” Kirby said.
He recalled that U.S. troops are in Ukraine on a rotational basis, advising, briefing and assisting Ukrainian forces. “We expect that mission to continue. We will continue to monitor the situation on the ground, and if we need to make a decision regarding the armed forces, we will do so,” Kirby added.
“We will continue to look for ways to help Ukraine defend itself, and that includes additional security assistance,” he said.
According to Kirby, the United States does not see the issue of the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border as an effort to de-escalate the situation on the part of Russia.
“We continue to see a significant Russian military presence in the western part of their country near the eastern border with Ukraine. That continues to worry us, there’s no indication that the Russians want de-escalation,” Kirby said.