Many of the almost 5,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division who arrived in Poland final week are working with Polish forces to arrange processing facilities for tens of hundreds of individuals, together with Americans, who’re anticipated to flee neighboring Ukraine if Russia launches a full-scale invasion of the nation, U.S. army officers mentioned.
The Biden administration has repeatedly mentioned U.S. troops won’t combat in Ukraine or rescue Americans trapped there by a Russian assault. But U.S. commanders and their counterparts in Poland have been making ready elements of a number of Polish army services and erecting tents for potential evacuees.
So far, American officers mentioned, there have been few, if any, individuals who have sought to make use of the services. But a nationwide assault on Ukraine might end result in a million to 5 million refugees, with lots of them pouring into Poland, Pentagon officers have estimated.
That might result in the biggest flood of refugees in Europe since almost one million Syrian refugees arrived in 2015, a surge that had a profound impression on European politics by bolstering far-right events.