The United States has boosted its military presence in Europe since the start of the Ukraine war, Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday.
There are now 102,000 troops stationed in European ground, sea and air — a 30 percent increase since Russia’s invasion began Feb. 24, Milley said at a news conference after the second meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group.
The body of representatives from 47 countries was first convened last month by the Pentagon and is set to meet monthly to discuss Ukraine aid and other developments of the war.
“The United States military had about 78,000 in EUCOM [European Command], Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Space Force. In a few short months, we bolstered that by over 30 percent,” Milley said. “So this morning, we’ve got, roughly speaking, 102,000 U.S. troops in the EUCOM area of operations in many, many countries.”
He added that there are more than 15,000 sailors in the European operations area and 12 fighter squadrons.
CNN reported last week that the United States is expected to keep 100,000 troops stationed in Europe for the foreseeable future.