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Ukraine war

NATO deploys response force for first time to Eastern Europe

Troops mobilized as alliance sees Putin's ambition beyond Ukraine

NATO is deploying thousands of land, air and sea troops from its rapid-response force for the first time in defense of alliance members.   © Reuters

LONDON -- NATO will deploy troops to defend its eastern members amid Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday, marking the first time the alliance has activated soldiers from its response force.

"We are deploying elements of the NATO response force on land, and sea and in the air, to further strengthen our posture and respond quickly to any contingency," Stoltenberg said, speaking after an emergency summit of NATO member nations.

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