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Hundreds of US troops ready for deployment to Europe - report

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a "prepare to deploy" order at several bases, which means that "hundreds of troops" are ready for deployment to Europe, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

The order is meant to make clear to Russia that the US will reinforce NATO's troops in the case Moscow invades Ukraine, the outlet cited an unnamed official as saying.

Troops will also help with evacuations of US citizens from Ukraine if the security situation deteriorates, the report added. Shortly after the report, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby confirmed the report and explained that the number of troops ready to be activated stands at 8,500.

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