US troops arrive in Europe amid Ukraine tensions
07 February 2022 | 8:36 am
The first contingent of 2,000 additional US soldiers has arrived near Frankfurt, with others touching down near Poland's border with Ukraine. The White House says the troops will protect eastern NATO members from potential Russian aggression.
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