BUCHAREST ($1 = 4.94 Romaina Leus) — The US Army’s 101st Airborne Division is ready to enter Ukraine “even tonight” if Russia attacks NATO territory. This was said about ten days ago by Colonel Edwin Matthaidess, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team on the border between Romania and Ukraine.
The US Army’s 101st Airborne Division is the closest part of the US Army structure to the Ukraine-Russia war. They arrived in Romania to carry out regular exercises “to keep them on their toes”. This is the first deployment of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division to Europe in 80 years, which is indicative of the seriousness of the situation.
The nickname for the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division is the Screaming Eagles. 4,700 “Screaming Eagles” were sent to Europe. This battle group is highly mobile, capable of deploying within hours anywhere on the planet. They specialize in land and air attack and defense. The 101st Airborne Division is one of America’s most elite airborne divisions with heavy equipment.
Matthaidess commented that their team was “watch the war live”. This is exactly what NATO allies train on Romanian territory – Ukrainian and Russian tactics, defense and attack adapted to the terrain conditions of the region and geography.
In Romania, the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division practices ground attack and defense with real shells fired from artillery systems and real tanks in a “almost” real combat environment. “The real meaning to me, having American troops here is like you have to have allies in Normandy before an enemy is there,” Romanian Major General Lulian Berdila told CBS News
The presence of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division was both well received and elicited negative commentary. Some European citizens are expressing concern on social media that the United States is not taking steps to resolve the conflict, but rather escalating it.
Others believe that the presence of elite US Army units in this particular region is a “deafening” signal for Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin. That is to say, any mistake or attempt by Russia to break even within an inch of NATO borders would not only be instantly deterred, but would also allow Allied troops to formally enter into Ukraine.
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