3,000 U.S. Troops Head to Poland on Concerns of Russian Invasion of Ukraine

President Joe Biden has ordered 3,000 more U.S. troops to Poland as NATO allies fear a Russian invasion of Ukraine is imminent.

An anonymous source affiliated with the Pentagon told the Associated Press that an official announcement will be disclosed soon. The source claims that the additional soldiers will leave Fort Bragg, North Carolina, over the next few days. Although the deployment has not been officially announced by the Pentagon, the source said that these troops would train with militaries from host nations but will not enter Ukraine.

The news of this new batch of deployed soldiers comes after White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan urged Americans in Ukraine to leave the country immediately, Newsweek has reported. No help would be available for anyone who does not leave within 48 hours.

"We continue to see signs of Russian escalation, including new forces arriving at the Ukrainian border," said Sullivan. "As we've said before, we are in the window when an invasion could begin at any time should Vladimir Putin decide to order it."

The United Kingdom has also urged its citizens to leave Ukraine in preparation for a potential conflict escalation. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) also said that anyone who chooses to stay has to be vigilant, but will not receive any help from its embassy.

"Due to the growing threat from Russia, the FCDO has taken the decision to temporarily withdraw some Embassy staff and their dependants from Kyiv," the office wrote in an updated travel advisory. "The Embassy remains open but will be unable to provide in-person consular assistance. British nationals should leave while commercial options remain."

Around 80,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed throughout Europe and are able to be deployed if an escalation ends up occurring, the AP added.

Russia continues to deny any plans for an invasion into Ukraine. Despite this, Russia could be preparing its own armies for conflict as well. Newsweek recently reported that the country has begun military drill training that aims to repel external aggression. Much like how the alleged U.S. deployment aims to assist the armies of allied countries, the Russian military has been training with Belarus.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, these drills will help to "strengthen the protection of the state border to prevent the infiltration of armed groups of militants, to block the channels of delivery of weapons and ammunition, to search, block, destroy illegal armed formations and sabotage and reconnaissance groups of a mock enemy."

Newsweek has reached out to the Pentagon for comment.

Update 02/11/2022 at 4:42 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with background information regarding the United Kingdom's travel advisory and the current state of Russia's military cooperation with Belarus.

Army Soldiers in Germany
A source told the Associated Press that 3,000 additional U.S. troops will be dispatched to Poland over the next couple of days. Above, soldiers of the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army are pictured during the preparation of armoured combat vehicles before deploying to Romania on February 9 in Vilseck, Germany. Alexandra Beier/Getty Images