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A Pentagon spokesman on Thursday acknowledged that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could be “imminent,” but responded sharply to a proposal that U.S. military aid would take too long to reach an Eastern European country.

In her regular briefing, Acesparks correspondent Jennifer Griffin asked Defense Department spokeswoman John Kirby why the U.S. is not responding to Ukraine’s request for “what they’re really asking for, namely air defense systems, anti-aircraft missiles and the like.” asked. It is something that can receive not only ground tanks and ammunition, but also the Russian Air Force.

Kirby responded by noting that the U.S. has so far sent three parties of military aid to Ukraine, adding that “more is coming.”

“I think you understand why we want to be careful in publicly advertising the types of opportunities given to Ukraine, because they take into account the opportunities placed against them on the other side of the border,” he said. he said.

“It’s like 11 o’clock,” Griffin said. “What’s going on so long?”

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby acknowledged that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could be “imminent.”

“It’s not 11 o’clock here, Jen,” Kirby replied. “Last year alone, we provided Ukraine with multimillion-dollar opportunities, and $ 60 million in the spring,” he said. And in December, President Biden allowed another $ 200 million. And this is what the two previous administrations have done to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces increase their self-defense capabilities. So 11 o’clock is not here at all. ”

“I object to the idea that it’s somehow 11 o’clock, Hi Mary crossing,” he said at the end of his response.

“I don’t know how you might react to 11 a.m. when high-ranking officials and the president call the Russian invasion ‘imminent,'” Griffin said.

Russian servicemen gather near armored vehicles during a January 27, 2022 exercise at the Kadamovsky test site in the Rostov region by the armed forces of the Southern Military District.
Russian servicemen gather near armored vehicles during a January 27, 2022, exercise by the Southern Military District Armed Forces at the Kadamovsky test site in Rostov Oblast.
Workers load U.S. military aid at Boryspil International Airport near Kiev, Ukraine, on January 25, 2022.
Workers unload U.S. military aid at Boryspil International Airport near Kiev, Ukraine, on January 25, 2022.

“The fact that this may happen soon doesn’t mean we’re awake now that they’re building forces,” Kirby replied. “We’ve been talking about this for months, what we’ve seen on the ground. There have been many conversations with us and our NATO allies, as well as with our Ukrainian counterparts, and none of this seems like a shock. ”

Kirby added that the United States believes “there is still time and space for diplomacy,” but that the international community has not yet achieved the results it wants. All this together has made us want to add more capabilities to the Ukrainian armed forces and we are ready to offer more capabilities to our NATO allies.

State Department spokesman Ned Price also defended the administration’s use of the word “future” to describe criticism that Russia’s potential military action could provoke excessive panic in Ukraine or hunt down the Kremlin.

“I don’t think expressing our concerns about what Moscow expects will bring us closer to conflict,” Price said. “The only thing that brings us closer to the conflict is the measures we have taken from the Russian Federation.”

On Thursday, Kirby confirmed that troops from the 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division were among 8,500 troops who could be sent to Eastern Europe as Russia gathers forces along the Ukrainian border.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered units to be ready to travel to Europe within five days to bolster NATO’s 40,000-strong response force if the group is activated.

Kirby is also the Army
Kirby also confirmed that the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division were among the 8,500 troops on “enhanced alert” for potential deployment.

Kirby also said troops from the 18th Airborne Corps, units of the 4th Infantry Division, and other units across the U.S. were activated, but declined to provide a “complete” list.

Kirby said the units “will be able to quickly deploy additional brigade combat teams, logistics, medical, aviation, intelligence, surveillance and intelligence, transportation and additional capabilities in the event of a U.S. invasion of Europe.” provides ‘lishini’.

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