A U.S. Air Force plane landing at the Rzeszow-Jasionka airport in southeastern Poland on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, bringing from Fort Bragg troops and equipment of the 82nd Airborne Division. Additional U.S. troops are arriving in Poland after President Joe Biden ordered the deployment of 1,700 soldiers here amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Some 4,000 U.S. troops have been stationed in Poland since 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
UPDATED 1:01 PM PT – Monday, February 7, 2022
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said the U.S. needs to prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from taking Ukraine amid fears of an imminent Russian invasion of the sovereign democracy.
In an interview Sunday, The Wyoming lawmaker stressed the U.S. needs to deter Putin by emphasizing invading Ukraine would be very painful for the Kremlin. Barrasso also called Putin a “predator” and claimed the Russian leader wants to put the old Soviet Union back together.
“Putin is a predator, he is going to see what it costs him and what he gets,” stated the Republican senator. “If we put biting sanctions in place right now before an attack as well as make sure Ukraine has the first class weapons to defend themselves, that will make Putin think twice.”
The Republican senator warned if the U.S. does not take action to deter Russia other adversaries like China and Iran will be emboldened. Meanwhile, dozens of U.S. troops are in Southeastern Poland amid Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine.
Multiple Humvees and U.S. military planes arrived with equipment in Poland Sunday about 60-miles from Ukraine’s border. This came after Biden ordered the deployment of nearly 3,000 U.S. troops to Eastern Europe to reassure NATO allies.
Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine, but Moscow claims it’s not planning an invasion. However, Russian officials said they could take unspecified military action if their demands aren’t met, including a promise NATO will never admit Kyiv.
Biden has vowed to impose sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine.