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The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Monday that the United States was still “far away” from any eventual decision on the reintroduction of American troops into Ukraine.
“Ultimately, any reintroduction of US forces into Ukraine would require a presidential decision, so we are a long way from such a thing,” General Mark Milley told reporters at a press briefing.
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“We’re still developing action plans, and none of that has been presented to the secretary yet,” he said, referring to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Milley did not specify whether he was referring to low-level planning for U.S. forces to potentially provide a diplomatic presence in Ukraine or, potentially, for other activities.
President Biden has decided to withdraw the US military from Ukraine ahead of the February 24 Russian invasion.
The United States is helping Ukraine by sharing intelligence and sending weapons.
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Russia’s war marked its third month on Tuesday, without a quick victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukrainian authorities reported on Tuesday that workers found 200 bodies in the basement of an apartment building in the southern port city of Mariupol.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported 8,533 civilian casualties in Ukraine, including 3,942 dead and 4,591 injured.
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However, the actual numbers are believed to be considerably higher.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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