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On Friday, during his press conference, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said that the US is planning to send more than 10,000 news soldiers to Europe. Online News
The additional soldiers will replace those that have been sent to the eastern frontier, as the “security environment has now changed” in the region, according to Mr. Kirby.
The official was quoted as saying, “The deployments are one for one unit replacements, which will leave our overall force posture in the region, approximately 100,000, unchanged”.
He added, “The unites being replaced will return to their home station following an appropriate turnover of responsiblities.”
The Associated News Services reported that the US is rotating new soldiers into Europe in order to reinforce deployments near Ukraine; officials have indicated that these changes likely will be permanent, or at least until the war in Ukraine continues.
Before the war in Ukraine commenced earlier this year, there were approximately 80,000 US soldiers stationed in Europe.
The spokesperson did say that an “assessment” about the changes will become permanent will be made in the coming months.
Countries such as Lithuania has asked the US to station more soldiers in the region. There is a chance the US construct new military bases in Baltic states, according to reports.
Last month, for example, General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told some members of Congress that the US might establish permanent military bases but that it might continue rotations of soldiers in and out of the region.
In related news, it’s been reported that Russian forces have been withdrawing from Kharkiv, as Ukrainian forces seems to be making successful counter-offensives.
Those reported withdrawals came in the aftermath of Russian forces’ shellink of the city; reportedly, Russian forces are pulling back to secure supply lines in eastern Ukraine, in the Donbas region.
These developments come in the context of Finland’s and Sweden’s possibly joining NATO, even as Turkey recently has expressed concerns about the expansion of the alliance.
Also, in related news, a delegation consisting of Senators Collins, Majority leader McConnell, met with Ukraine’s president Zelensky in the country’s capital of Kyiv.
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The war has exacerbated shortages of various goods and services, as have restrictions and lockdowns imposed over the virus during the past few years.
In particular, it’s been reported that blockades against shipments of wheat and oil have been imposed.
Aggravating the shortages due to the war and virus-related restrictions, it’s been reported that China has had a poor harvest and that India is reducing its exports of wheat.
India is the world’s second largest producer of wheat.
During the past several months inflation has been increasing to rates not seen since the early 1980’s.
Inflation has increased not only because of interruptions in supplies due to the war.
As well, inflation has increased due to a combination of rapid and sustained increases in the money supply implemented by major central banks, including the US Federal Reserve, and the the imposition of restrictions and lockdowns over the virus.
In the US, for example, as of October of 2020, over 100,000 businesses had closed, many of them permanently, due to restrictions and lockdowns.
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