Pentagon officially confirms US boots on the ground in Ukraine

American troops are now on the ground in Ukraine performing “inspections” of US weapon caches in an effort to track billions of dollars worth of arms and ammo that have been given to Ukrainian forces since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

Both the Associated Press and The Washington Post are reporting that the United States has boots on the ground in the Ukraine conflict.

The State Department and Pentagon unveiled a plan last week to track US-supplied weaponry to keep it off the black market. It is intended to institute accountability for the billions of dollars in arms and ammunition that have been given to Ukrainian forces over the last eight months.

“A small number of US military forces inside Ukraine have recently begun doing onsite inspections to ensure that Ukrainian troops are properly accounting for the Western-provided weapons they receive, a senior US defense official told Pentagon reporters Monday,” the media outlets reported.

Led by Brig. Gen. Garrick Harmon, the US defense attaché to Ukraine, the inspections have already begun with the help of the Office of Defense Cooperation personnel who have returned to the US Embassy in Ukraine.

The Pentagon is asserting that it is a “small” contingency of troops who have been deployed and have been instructed not to do inspections “close” to the front lines.

“The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide a military update, would not say where the inspections are taking place or how close to the battlefronts the US troops are getting. The official said US personnel can’t do inspections ‘close to the front lines,’ but said they are going where security conditions allow,” the Washington Post contended.

The reports make it abundantly clear that “US President Joe Biden has ruled out any combat role for US forces inside Ukraine.”

“We’ve been very clear there are no combat forces in Ukraine, no US forces conducting combat operations in Ukraine,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said. “These are personnel that are assigned to conduct security cooperation and assistance as part of the defense attaché office.”

This development could lead to an inevitable “mission creep” that will result in more and more American troops entering Ukraine during the conflict, according to Zero Hedge. With Russia targeting Ukrainian military bases, the soldiers doing inspections are being put in harm’s way which could inadvertently result in America entering a war with Russia.

“US monitors have conducted in-person inspections for only about 10 percent of the 22,000 US-provided weapons sent to Ukraine that require special oversight,” the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

“US officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide details that have not been made public previously, said they are racing to deploy new means for tracking weapons seen as having a heightened risk of diversion, including Stinger surface-to-air missiles and Javelin antitank missiles, amid what they describe as Ukraine’s ‘super hot conflict,'” the media outlet added.

“While we recognize the unpredictability of combat, the United States and Ukraine have cooperated to prevent illicit weapons diversion since Russia’s further invasion began earlier this year,” National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson commented.

There have been many calls from Republicans in Congress demanding accountability for the billions of dollars of weapons and ammo that have been donated to Ukraine during the war. The troops sent for inspection are seen as a way to mollify some of the anger over the massive amount of spending going on to bolster Ukraine in the conflict.

Concerns are being ratcheted up as Finland is documenting the spread of American weaponry outside of Ukraine’s borders, making its way into the hands of criminal elements.

“Weapons shipped [by various countries] to Ukraine have also been found in Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands,” Finland’s federal National Bureau of Investigation chief Christer Ahlgren stated, according to national broadcaster Yle.

Russia has declared it will attack foreign weapons shipments, transport convoys, and warehouses found in Ukraine.

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