A US Army spokesman said US troops were preparing to move closer to Poland’s border with Ukraine to help handle people who fled the country after Russia launched an attack. total force, an army spokesman said on Thursday.
Many of the 5,500 soldiers who arrived in Poland this month worked with Polish forces to set up three processing centers near the border to help deal with tens of thousands of people, including Americans, who are expected to flee neighboring Ukraine.
“If required, the XVIII Airborne Corps stands ready to move to the Ukraine-Poland border and assist the State Department in the processing, travel assistance, consular services and medical care of US citizens. ,” Colonel Joseph Buccino, a spokesman for the corps, said in an email.
Until Thursday, officials had barely seen a small number of people coming through the sites. But the flow is expected to increase as conflict grows and expands.
The Biden administration has repeatedly said that American troops will not fight in Ukraine or rescue Americans trapped there by a Russian attack. However, American commanders and their counterparts in Poland prepared parts of several facilities in Poland for those who could be evacuated.
In Jasionka, Poland, an indoor stadium has been equipped with bunk beds and equipment for up to 500 people, and US officials say the capacity could be quickly expanded.
American officials have estimated that a nationwide assault on Ukraine could lead to one million to five million refugees, with many of them going to Poland. That could lead to the largest number of refugees in Europe since more than one million migrants and refugees arrived in 2015a dynamic that profoundly influenced European politics by promoting far-right parties.
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