NATO preparing for potential ground war with Russia — including plans for US troop involvement

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NATO is in the process of laying out “land corridors” that would allow US troops and other allied forces to reach the front lines more quickly in the event of a major European ground war with Russia.

The move follows warnings from NATO leaders earlier this year urging Western governments to prepare for a full-scale war with Russia sometime in the next twenty years.

American soldiers could land in one of five designated ports via the newly constructed military highways.

They would then be deployed along predetermined routes depending on the impact of a possible attack by Moscow, NATO officials told The Telegraph.

The new routes would build on existing agreements that have been in place since last year, when the alliance agreed to keep 300,000 troops on high alert at a summit in Vilnius, Lithuania.

According to current plans, US troops would land in Dutch ports and from there be transported by rail through Germany to Poland.

If Russia attacks a NATO ally, US troops would assemble in Rotterdam before advancing east, the newspaper said.

The alliance is now also preparing to reorganize troop entry points in the event that Russia attacks the Netherlands or destroys ports in northern Europe.

Other plans call for US troops to arrive at Italian ports and travel overland through Slovenia and Croatia to Hungary, which borders Ukraine.

Troops could also be sent to ports in Greece or Turkey before reaching the eastern part of the alliance via Bulgaria and Romania.

Further plans include the arrival of troops in ports in the Balkans as well as in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

“Everything is designed to provide the necessary resilience – robustness, reserves and also redundancies,” Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank of the Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) told The Telegraph about the plans.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his rhetoric in recent days after both the United States and Germany gave Ukraine the green light to use their weapons to attack some targets on Russian territory.

On Wednesday, Putin warned that Russia could supply its allies with long-range weapons for use against Western targets and suggested Moscow would use nuclear weapons if its authority was threatened.

Ukrainian attacks on parts of the Russian-occupied regions of Luhansk and Kherson on Friday killed 26 people and injured dozens more, the occupation authorities said.

Both Ukrainian regions were among four that Russia is said to have annexed in September 2022, although it did not fully control any of them following the large-scale military campaign that began in February this year.

A shop in the village of Sadove in the southern Kherson region “with a large number of visitors and employees was destroyed,” Vladimir Saldo, head of the Russian occupation authorities in Kherson, wrote on Telegram.

Shortly afterwards, a HIMARS missile struck while residents of neighboring houses rushed to help the victims, Saldo told Russian media. He put the total number of dead and 15 injured at 22.

Saldo condemned the “heinous murder of civilians” that was made possible by Western arms deliveries to Ukraine.

Earlier, Russian officials in Lugansk reported on Friday that four people were killed and more than 40 injured in a Ukrainian missile attack on a residential block in the eastern region’s capital of the same name.

The city of Lugansk was subjected to a “massive” rocket attack on Friday morning, according to Leonid Pasechnik, the Russian-appointed head of the region, which is almost entirely under Moscow’s control.

Part of a residential block collapsed and the “bodies of four killed peaceful civilians were recovered from the rubble,” the Moscow-backed government of the region said on Telegram.

“46 people received medical treatment,” said regional Health Minister Nataliya Pashchenko, adding that they included an eight-year-old boy and three teenagers.

The condition of ten of the injured was “serious,” she said.

The attack ripped open the facade of a five-story Soviet-era apartment block from the roof down and left a deep crater in the ground, images released by Russian emergency services show.

Images released by the emergency services show that rescue workers carried away an elderly injured person on a stretcher.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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