8,500 US troops “on high alert” as Ukraine invasion fears grow - BBC News

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    The Pentagon has said around 8,500 combat-ready US troops are on high alert to deploy at short notice amid rising tension over Ukraine. However it made clear there are no plans to send forces to the country itself.

    Russia has denied planning military action against Ukraine, despite massing 100,000 troops close to its border.

    President Biden has held a video call with European allies as Western powers discuss a common strategy if Russia launches an invasion.

    Some NATO members, including Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria and the Netherlands, are already sending fighter jets and warships to eastern Europe to bolster defences in the region.

    Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Gabriel Gatehouse in Kiev, Steve Rosenberg in Moscow and Barbara Plett Usher in Washington.

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Joe
Joe

I grew up in a third-world country and experienced several military conflicts as a kid. That's all I can think about is how it felt as a kid, the sheer terror, and the loss of control. I still have vivid nightmares from those days and I don't understand how anyone thinks (no matter how you view the world) that war is ever an okay answer. People in power decide to draw a line between two groups of people. These "groups of people" otherwise would be content playing football matches against each other and sharing a pint...but now they might kill each other. It's a racket

Rey
Rey

Imagine how scary and unnerving it would be to know at any moment your city and country can be invaded.

mulindwa Hussein
mulindwa Hussein

I have never been in a war zone but I can imagine impact especially to the innocent people, destruction of infrastructure etc. Praying for peace from Uganda, east africa

Ívar Bjarki Hólm
Ívar Bjarki Hólm

Love and prayers to all the people in Ukraine - from Iceland.

David K.
David K.

I know how a lot of people commenting against this war feel. My country of Afghanistan was invaded by the USSR in 1980 and my family and I have been refugees ever since. Since 1980, I have lost over 40 people in my family in the war and ongoing civil unrest of 42 years. Believe me, I know first hand, talk of war and going to war is sometimes conducted by rulers who don't think through the long-term, devastating effects of war on everything... from children dying to women's rights, to broken hearts and souls.... All for what? For not agreeing or having large EGOS. This would be sad. WAR is never the answer. We can resolve all of our issues by sitting down and working things out in a HUMAIN manner. I love all Russian people and have never hated anyone. It is just sad what happened to my poor Afghanistan. I am afraid for Ukraine. Again, I love Russia and it is a great country. But I hope that there is no war. I know there is a lot of political ideologies and we can argue about who is right and who is wrong. However, my statements are not meant to be political. It is just that it seems like a war between Russia and Ukraine would be the WRONG decision. Russia and Ukraine are both beautiful and share so much history together and this was would be a tragedy for both nations. Please give diplomacy and peace a chance. I ask everyone to think about love and our shared humanity before it is too late.

Sweet Melody
Sweet Melody

We are in prayers daily for everyone in UKRAINE God bless you all in Jesus name Amen

Jamie Bushby
Jamie Bushby

This just feels like history is repeating it's self

Владимир Сургай
Владимир Сургай

Oh man I’m from Russia. In every family we have fallen in WWII. My grandmother saw how her 5yo brother died from a hunger during the war.

TheSejer13
TheSejer13

War is not like movies or games. It’s much worse and I’m not even talking from experience but just from knowledge and my dear mother.

Donald Lamont
Donald Lamont

Prime Minister: “Can we do boots on the ground?”

Koxo
Koxo

Love to our Ukrainian brothers and sisters from the UK. I hope Russia can also allow the peace

migzzy 022
migzzy 022

I been in Ukraine, its a nice place and beautiful.. I hope it will not be destroyed.. And this escalation will settle down.

Woo
Woo

Just remember the people of a country are not the same as the government, and they rarely, if ever get a say in what wars they are embroiled in.

Rogelio Paguntalan
Rogelio Paguntalan

In wars the only people that are happy and comfortable are the arms manufacturers. They reap all the profits. Common people and those in the frontline are pawns and sacrificial lambs.

My Art History
My Art History

We need to leave diplomatic staff in place - as long as they are there, the possibility to de-escalate is also there.

dolita windo
dolita windo

It's 2022 not 1914. Would have thought people would have learned not to have wars by now. Peace and unity is what everyone needs

Crystal Licausi
Crystal Licausi

What a wonderful world it would be if there was world peace ☮️

Moltyplayer
Moltyplayer

Imagine being on a discord call with russian friends and then after a few years you see them on the front line.

Lemon King
Lemon King

Can we just let leaders fight so the innocent dont have to

Shalom Cohen
Shalom Cohen

One can always tell another’s empathy/humanity by their kind comments, conversely—easy to tell one’s sheltered, privileged life—and their ignorance—by their glib indifference, as if this is a video game. One can always tell who’s served in the military or awakened to deafening sirens and rocket damage—or who just saw it on tv.

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