2,000 US troops land in Europe amid Russia, Ukraine tensions
By order of the United States President Joe Biden, the military will be stationed in Germany and Poland "temporarily".
About 2000 US troops have left the Fort Bragg base in North Carolina, heading for Europe.
A C-17 transport plane left from the Fort Bragg base, carrying about 1700 soldiers from North Carolina to Poland, while the rest of the troops will be deployed in Germany "temporarily".
Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby claimed the United States has evidence that Moscow plans to "fabricate" a pretext to invade Ukraine.
However, the Kremlin rejected the accusations and urged not to believe the US authorities.
The head of the Polish National Security Bureau, Pawel Soloch, announced on Wednesday, that the United States will soon deploy about 2,500 additional soldiers to his country.
The US military put 8,500 troops on high alert for a possible deployment to Europe, according to Pentagon.
The US decision is a bid to increase tensions with Russia amid the crisis with Ukraine, as talks between Washington and Moscow failed to result in de-escalation. The US hopes NATO allies would feel reassured by this move.
Although this decision does not reinforce US support to Ukraine, it aims to shore up NATO's eastern flank.
The United States is increasingly militarizing Eastern Europe, under the pretext that Russia is preparing for military operations in Ukraine.
Russia denies any such plans and demands comprehensive security guarantees, including a NATO pledge never to allow Ukraine to join it.