As Russian soldiers continue to assault the entirety of the Ukrainian landscape, much of the world has been sidelined, unable to help, on account of the Kremlin’s continued threats.
For months, Vladimir Putin and his surrogates in the Russian media have been suggesting that any nations who interfere with his dastardly plans for Ukraine could find themselves on the receiving end of a nuclear attack, and this threat has been highly effective.
Even the United States, whose military remains unrivaled on the world’s stage, has been unwilling to commit direct military assets to the region on account of Putin’s belligerent suggestions.
But now, as the Russian military continues to falter in some parts of the country, the US is considering sending troops to Kyiv in an effort to protect the American embassy.
Plans to send U.S. forces back into Ukraine to guard the recently reopened American Embassy in Kyiv are “underway at a relatively low level,” Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that officials are mulling plans to send special forces to Kyiv to guard the U.S. Embassy. The effort is a delicate one, as it requires balancing the safety of American diplomats while avoiding what Russia could see as an escalation.
There was still quite a bit of deliberation left before the maneuver could be executed.
“Some of the things that may have been out there in the media, those are planning efforts that are underway at a relatively low level,” Milley told reporters at the Pentagon, seeming to refer to the Journal’s report.
Such plans “have not yet made it to [Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin] or myself for that matter, for refinement of courses of action and what’s needed,” he noted.
The move would almost certainly be seen as an escalation by Russia, who’ve appeared willing to use any excuse that they can to criticize those who disapprove of their actions in Ukraine.