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Newsline: US considering sending special operations forces to protect US embassy in Kyiv

The Biden administration is in the early stages of discussions about sending special operations forces into Ukraine to help guard the US Embassy in Kyiv, several US officials tell CNN. The discussions are in very preliminary stages and a proposal has not been presented to President Joe Biden for a decision, the sources added. (https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/23/politics/us-embassy-kyiv-special-operations-forces/index.html) For now, the embassy and its limited number of personnel are protected by State Department diplomatic security officials. The discussion centers around whether an increase in security is needed if the number of personnel increase, and whether special operations forces are best equipped to fulfill those requirements. The Wall Street Journal first reported that special operations forces are being considered for embassy security. US Marines typically guard US embassies around the world, but in Kyiv, for now, there is a general agreement that the typical Marine Corps embassy guard personnel may not be suited to the uncertain security picture in Ukraine without additional forces, officials say. Last week, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the Department of Defense was having conversations with the State Department about what their security requirements might look like.

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