NATO activates defense plans as Russia attacks Ukraine

G7 leaders, from the left up, US President Joe Biden, Britain

G7 leaders, from the left up, US President Joe Biden, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron take part to a video-conference on Ukraine, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. French President Emmanuel Macron earlier said France and its European allies did everything to try to head off the attack on Ukraine. He said that they will show "no weakness" in their response. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

G7 leaders, from the left up, US President Joe Biden, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron take part to a video-conference on Ukraine, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 9:01 AM PT – Thursday, February 24, 2022

NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg said top American Gen. Tod Wolters of the U.S. European Command directed him to activate its defense plans. Stoltenberg pointed out that Russia has shattered peace and is putting countless innocent lives at risk. He emphasized the alliance will defend and protect every ally against any attack.

“This is a prudent and defensive step to protect and shield allied nations during this crisis,” stated the NATO Chief. “And it will enable us to deploy capabilities and forces, including the NATO response force to where they are needed.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. doubled down on security and other assistance to Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the move Wednesday, saying the U.S. will reinforce NATO with more troops in Eastern Europe. So far, about 6,000 U.S. troops are positioned in Germany, Poland and Romania near the countries’ borders with Ukraine.

It’s not clear how many more American troops will be sent to the region. In the meantime, NATO is boosting allied forces as the alliance condemns Russia’s invasion.

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