US troops in Poland prepare for Americans potentially fleeing Ukraine

"We are constantly evaluating the evolving security situation and planning for a range of contingencies as we always do," a White House official said.

US military Humvees (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) are parked outisde the G2A Arena near the Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, in Jasionka, Poland, February 9, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/KUBA STEZYCKI)
US military Humvees (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) are parked outisde the G2A Arena near the Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, in Jasionka, Poland, February 9, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/KUBA STEZYCKI)

Russia has denied plans to invade Ukraine but has deployed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine's borders and says it could take unspecified military measures if its demands are not met, including a promise by NATO never to admit Ukraine.

The officials said the plan had been approved by the White House and was part of prudent planning. The approval was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

A White House official said that the United States was not planning for a mass evacuation of American citizens from Ukraine.

"We are constantly evaluating the evolving security situation and planning for a range of contingencies as we always do," the official said.

President Joe Biden said this week it would be wise for Americans to leave Ukraine.

US military Humvees (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) are parked outisde the G2A Arena near the Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, in Jasionka, Poland, February 9, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/KUBA STEZYCKI)US military Humvees (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) are parked outisde the G2A Arena near the Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, in Jasionka, Poland, February 9, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/KUBA STEZYCKI)

Unlike the messy evacuation of US citizens from Afghanistan last year, officials said people should be able to drive to Poland from Ukraine.