DoD Confirms Presence of U.S. Troops in Ukraine

Micky Wootten | November 2, 2022 | 2:27pm EDT
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(CNS News) – During a press briefing at the Pentagon, a “Senior Defense Official” confirmed to reporters that U.S. troops are currently on the ground in Ukraine apparently to oversee the shipment of U.S. weapons to the front lines.

On Oct. 31, a Senior Defense Official and a Senior Military Official held a background briefing on Ukraine at the Pentagon, according to a Department of Defense (DoD) press release. The names of the two officials who provided the briefings were redacted.

During the briefing, the Senior Defense Official spoke on the methods being used by the U.S. to prevent “the diversion of U.S.-provided weapons to Ukraine.”

According to the official, the DoD “has not seen credible evidence of the diversion of U.S.-provided weapons,” but has instead seen “Ukraine’s frontline units effectively employing security assistance every day on the battlefield.”

In order to effectively monitor the transfer of U.S. DoD weapons to Ukraine, the Defense Official announced that “U.S. personnel have recently resumed on-site inspections to assess weapon stocks in country whenever and wherever the security conditions allow.”

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When asked by a reporter how close to the front lines U.S. troops are, the Senior Defense Official replied that he is “not going to get into specific details on locations of where these inspections have taken place.”

As CNS News has reported, the $40 billion aid package that Congress sent to Ukraine in May was stalled by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who at the time was advocating for the inclusion of an amendment that would assign an inspector general to oversee the transfer of weapons.

Back in February, President Biden had ordered every U.S. soldier in Ukraine to leave the country while simultaneously deploying 3,000 troops to Poland.

This latest move marks the first acknowledgement of U.S. troops in Ukraine since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

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