US military will not take part in hostilities in Ukraine – Pentagon

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, has said that the US military will not take part in any military action in Ukraine

US military will not take part in hostilities in Ukraine - Pentagon

“The president [US President Joe Biden] has made it clear that he does not intend to send combat units to Ukraine for combat operations,” he said, when asked whether the military could be involved in the evacuation of Americans from Kiev if necessary. “I don’t want to make assumptions <…> I will say that we are prepared for a whole range of options and activities. We always do <…> rest assured that whatever task the U.S. Armed Forces are tasked with, we will be ready to carry it out”, –  Austin added.

It is worth noting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff (CCO) of the US Armed Forces, recalled that the State Department had advised the Americans in Ukraine to leave the country.

Austin was asked if the US was sending additional forces to the region of Europe because of Ukraine. “We haven’t, frankly, moved any troops,” the Pentagon chief replied. Millie confirmed his words, “I just want to reiterate what the secretary said: we haven’t deployed any [units]. We haven’t sent anybody [to Europe] yet.”

Millie also stressed that the US has no offensive weapons or standing forces in Ukraine. “If Russia invades Ukraine, it will not go without consequences <…> there are a small number of US and NATO advisers and instructors in Ukraine,” he argued. – The US has no offensive weapons systems in Ukraine and no standing forces. Our role is limited.