By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent
BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – American forces are in Ukraine, and the United States is rapidly deploying at least 100,000 troops elsewhere in Europe, amid fears the Ukrainian-Russian war will spread to other nations, U.S. sources confirm.
Tens of thousands of troops are serving in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, according to a U.S. security source speaking to Worthy News.
U.S. President Joe Biden and other administration officials have stressed there are “no combat troops” in Ukraine.
Yet, the U.S. source, who accurately predicted when the Russian invasion would begin, said American troops in Ukraine are “special forces and of the U.S. Air Force.”
He declined to give specific details, citing security concerns and spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to discuss the ongoing military operations publicly.
The at least 100,000 service members in Europe are the most significant number in nearly two decades, as the U.S. shifts forces following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
HIGHEST TROOP LEVELS
The last time troop levels were this high in Europe was in 2005, according to the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) estimates.
“In the face of Russian aggression, the United States has recently deployed additional forces and now has approximately 100,000 U.S. service members in Europe,” EUCOM said in published remarks.
The U.S. military has been deployed to reassure allies, train with host-nation forces and contribute to contingency plans, EUCOM added.
Russia is upset as the U.S. forces spread out in 19 countries, including former Moscow-led Warsaw Pact states that are now part of the Western NATO military alliance.
Their deployment comes while the West is concerned about Russian forces attacking and moving closer to the borders of NATO member states.
Government officials also expressed concerns that the war involving some 200,000 Russian troops could spill over to other countries after several incidents, such as in Hungary.
In recent days a bomb-carrying military drone flew 40 long minutes in Hungarian airspace, including above the country’s sole nuclear power plant, officials said.
It eventually crashed in neighboring Croatia’s capital Zagreb near complex housing students.
There were no casualties, but there was widespread damage reported.
Hungarian fighter jets were also scrambled to chase away a Serbian aircraft which authorities claimed carried a bomb on its way to Moscow.
The Kremlin didn’t immediately react to the allegations.
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