US forces arrive in Poland as Ukraine-Russia standoff grinds on

American firepower lands in Poland as Senators call Ukraine tensions ‘Europe’s biggest threat since 1945’: First of 3,000 troops and armored vehicles fill bases after China backed Putin in NATO spat

ON GROUND! February 4, 2022XVIII Airborne Corps and soldiers assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg arrive at Wiesbaden, Germany, February 4

Photos from the Baltic port city of Gdynia showed dozens of armed US Army M1126 Strykers and Humvees, as well as more than 200 pieces of American military equipment.

Meanwhile, 300 soldiers with the 18th Airborne Corps arrived in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday to set up a headquarters for future paratrooper deployments, according to the US military’s European Command.

Around 1,700 U.S. troops touched down in Poland on Friday, near the Ukrainian border, where they will take up positions amid fears of a Russian invasion. Pictured: Military personnel are seen next to a U.S. Air Force Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft after landing at Jasionka Airport near Rzeszow, Poland

Soldiers with the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing flew into Poland to prepare an airfield for the arrival of 1,700 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division.

The U.S. is moving heavy equipment into Poland as it brings 3,000 troops to shore up NATO allies amid Russia's troop buildup around Ukraine. An aerial view shows more than 200 pieces of equipment, including Strykers and wheeled vehicles from the U.S. Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Infantry Regiment and equipment for upload from the 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, at the Port of Gdynia on February 04, 2022 in Gdynia, Poland

The United States is sending more troops to Romania as part of a third group of 1,000 soldiers already stationed in Germany with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

The Pentagon has also put 8,500 troops on alert in the U.S. for possible deployments.

There are currently about 4,500 U.S. troops in Poland under a bilateral and NATO structure.

The equipment comes as the U.S. is dispatching troops amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday, where they signed a joint statement calling on the west to ‘abandon the ideologized approaches of the Cold War.’ Xi also declared his opposition to NATO expansion in the joint statement. Putin has been seeking assurances that the U.S. would not bring in Ukraine as a member nation on its western border.

American officials accused Russia on Thursday of trying to run a ‘false-flag’ operation to create a pretext for war.

The White House has said it continues to hope for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, however, and has stopped referring to a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine as “imminent”.

Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine's northern and eastern borders, raising concern that Moscow might invade again, as it did in 2014
NATO has enhanced its presence in the eastern part of the Alliance, with battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland led by the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States respectively
The XVIII Airborne Corps, which serves as America'sContingency Corps, will provide a Joint Task Force-capable headquarters in Germany, as 1,700 Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division deploy to Poland