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Crisis in Ukraine: The Pentagon announces withdrawal of almost all US troops

Crisis in Ukraine: The Pentagon announces withdrawal of almost all US troops

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About 160 American soldiers will be sent from Ukraine to other parts of Europe. These soldiers were in charge of training Ukrainian forces. However, Washington says the Russian invasion of Ukraine could happen “at any time.”

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby announced Saturday that the United States has ordered the “transfer of 160 U.S. soldiers who were training for Ukrainian forces” elsewhere in Europe. The report said that US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin had made the decision regarding the Florida National Guard players “with the utmost caution and with the safety and security of the staff in mind.” Washington said Friday that the Russian invasion of Ukraine could happen “at any time.”

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Ukraine Crisis: The United Kingdom urges its compatriots to leave Ukraine immediately

“This relocation will not change our commitment to support the Ukrainian forces, but will give our allies the flexibility to commit and prevent any aggression,” John Kirby said. Since 2015, US National Guard reserve personnel have been rotating around to train and train the Ukrainian military with soldiers from other NATO countries, especially Canadians and Germans. Earlier on Saturday, the US embassy in Kiev ordered the withdrawal of its essential staff. Many European countries have advised their compatriots to leave Ukraine.

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Ukraine: Macron says there is no “increase” from Putin, the Kremlin denies

Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken said the diplomatic channel was “open” to avoid conflict, but needed an “expansion” from Moscow, during a call with his Russian envoy to Sergei Lavrov on Saturday. The latter accused the United States of seeking to provoke a conflict in Ukraine with its accusations of an immediate Russian invasion.

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