Ukraine: Commanders in Donbas face 'tough call' says Clarke
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley did acknowledge on Monday that some low-level planning had begun, after President Biden withdrew all American soldiers from Ukraine before the February 24 invasion.
This was to avoid the US coming into direct conflict with Russia, particularly due to fears over Putin’s nuclear capabilities.
However, since the reopening of the US embassy in Ukraine there are now questions as to whether troops should return in order to ensure the security of diplomats.
While General Milley admitted discussions had been had, the plans had not yet made it to his or US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin’s level for approval.
A final decision would only be made by the President, reported Reuters.
He said: “At the end of the day, any reintroduction of US forces into Ukraine would require a Presidential decision. So we’re a ways away from anything like that.
“We’re still developing courses of action, and none of that’s been presented yet to the Secretary.”
It was not specified whether he was referring to plans for US troop presence purely for diplomatic reasons or if they could be there for other activities too.
This comes as President Biden described the Ukraine invasion as a “global issue” which “heightened the importance of maintaining international order, territorial integrity and sovereignty”.
The POTUS was speaking at the Quad meeting of Indo-Pacific leaders in Japan on Tuesday, where he also declared US military support for Taiwan despite a perceived threat of invasion from China.
He told the leaders of India, Japan and Australia: “This is more than just a European issue, it’s a global issue.
“International law, human rights must always be defended regardless of where they’re violated in the world.”
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President Zelensky told business leaders in Davos on Monday that increased sanctions against the Kremlin would deter other regimes from using “brute force” to achieve their objectives.
He has previously criticised the EU for not moving quickly enough on a blockade of Russian oil, as many of its member nations are heavily dependent on Russian energy.
Germany has claimed that the bloc will be ready to agree on an embargo “within days”, as the Russian government stated it would strengthen ties with China after being cut off from the West.
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