The U.S. is placing 8,500 troops on alert for possible deployment to Eastern Europe

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U.S. soldiers take part in a joint military combat exercise with Estonian soldiers in 2017 near Tapa, Estonia. The U.S. is readying 8,500 troops to possibly deploy to Eastern Europe.

The Pentagon said no final decision has been made, but Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin wanted U.S. forces to be ready “just in case” of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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