U.S military and diplomatic officials are reportedly weighing plans to send special forces troops to Kyiv, Ukraine, to guard the newly reopened American embassy there and assist in possible diplomatic evacuations. These proposals would force the Biden administration to struggle to balance a desire to avoid escalating the U.S. military presence in the war zone against fears for the safety of American diplomats, U.S. officials said. Biden has yet to be presented with the proposal. If he did approve one, troops would be deployed only for the defense and security of the embassy, which lies within range of Russian missiles and strikes. Kyiv has been targeted by Russian strikes since the embassy reopened. Most likely a special forces contingent would be sent but reportedly officials are considering some type of Marine security force as well.
In the mean time diplomatic security are finding their own ways to ensure protection of diplomats. Presence of such new U.S security forces inside Ukraine would mark an escalation from Mr. Biden’s initial pledge that no American troops will be sent into the country.