Since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, citizen defense and paramilitary groups in Poland have seen their numbers swell. The government in Warsaw has officially included these troops in its plans for national defense.
Vice President Mike Pence has criticized Germany for allowing the US to bear the "burden of defending Europe." Pence has also suggested deploying an additional 1,000 US troops in Poland.
Donald Trump will not be taking part in commemorations to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. But Warsaw hopes visiting US envoys will still want to talk about strengthening NATO's eastern flank.
The US troop presence in Poland will expand by 1,000, in addition to the 4,500 soldiers rotating through the country. The contingent could be enlarged by moving soldiers currently stationed in Germany.
Russia's Defense Ministry says a soldier has killed at least eight of his comrades at an army base in the far east. The suspect has been detained.
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