boots on the ground but he was less clear about american voluntary military boots. take a look. >> his name is paul gray, born in tyler, texas. graduate of the university of texas. now he's on the front line in the war in ukraine. >> never before have i seen such a clear-cut case of like good versus evil. >> he served two tours of duty in iraq with the 101st airborne division. >> training sets him out from his russian foes. >> i learned the difference between spotting who is a warrior and combatant and a civilian. >> gray was living in the ukraine when the invasion began. he and other americans and foreigners signed up. >> moral obligation and duty to stand up and help repel the invasion. >> grateful for military aid the u.s. has supplied, including the anti-tank javelin. >> we just shot a tank,
ukraine grow. border russia car chief, slowing the russian advance in the east. targeting russian occupied land in the south. the country's president pleased. >> my gratitude has no limits. i wish all of you to stay healthy. >> still, the russians fight on pounding the port of odesa making western military aid more crucial. 10 shipments in the last 24 hours. as well as help from hundreds of foreign volunteers. including americans like paul gray, tyler, texas native. veteran of two wars in iraq with 101st airborne division now frontline fighting the russians alongside the ukrainians. >> never have i seen such a clear cut case of good vs. evil. >> grateful the support u.s. has given including his weapon of choice anti-tank javelin. >> confirmed kill. >> still he was severely
troops," but he was cryptic about what lies ahead. how will russia act next? "according to plan," putin declared, adding he did not consider the crisis over, and that his security demanding, to bar ukraine permanently from joining nato and to roll back the alliance to 1997 positions, had not been met by the west. but putin did say again he was "ready to continue on the negotiating track." new satellite images over the past 48 hours show increased russian military activity among the 150,000 troops it has around ukraine. from military exercises in belarus to the north, to the black sea south. tonight, more u.s. troops are on their way to bolster nato allies. several hundred soldiers from the 101st airborne division in fort campbell, kentucky are deploying to europe, part of a deployment of 3000 troops that began last week. >> terry moran with us tonight.
claims tonight that they're actually retreating from the border with ukraine. but the biden administration and nato don't believe that to be true. in fact, the intelligence shows the opposite, with some troops moving closer to the border, and this just in-- u.s. officials now say 7,000 more russian soldiers have arrived near ukraine, with some arriving as recently as today. crisis in ukraine keeps growing by the hour, and the united states keeps warning that a russia invasion could happen at any moment. the state department says russia propaganda and misinformation cook used as a pretext to cross the borders. soldiers from the 101st airborne division have been ordered to deploy to europe as part of what's being called "joint task force dragon," the mission to support our nato allies and partners in the region. cbs' holly williams is going to join us from ukraine's capital kyiv. good evening, holly. >> reporter: good evening, norah. u.s. officials tells cbs news that it's likely russian cyber
invading like this as, again, i was privileged to do as the head of the 101st airborne division and we send our tankers back and they get interdicted and you grind to a halt. a very tough spot. >> it is tough and we're watchth it happen as we speak. general david petraeus, thank you so much for being with us this morning. >> pleasure brianna, thanks. >> you heard general petraeus say it couldn't possibly be going worse for the russians. we saw an example. matthew chance and his team on a bridge north of kyiv where the ukrainians destroyed this russian column oochs what matthew sees here is remarkable, unexploded ordnance, burned out russian tanks and vehicles. russian kias. we'll have matthew back, a live report from the front lines next.
the 101st airborne division with multiple deployments to iraq. he moved to ukraine over a year ago and is part of the number of foreigners volunteering to defend the country against the russian army. >> i'm fighting to defend my home in their home. teaching them what i can and as little time as i can to help give them a chance to survive this invasion and slaughter by russians. >> while the un says over 660,000 a fled the country since the start of the russian invasion six days ago, more than 20,000 have return, including this man he says he struggled to sleep thinking about innocent people getting slaughtered. >> i'm just going to stay in poland and can't let russians destroyed our independence and our children and kill our elderly people. >> volunteers are lining up in great britain. >> we need help with young strongmen, we can help.
the 101st airborne division, all of our attachmention, 254 helicopters. i can't imagine attacking a country in whichever one hates us as opposed to applauding us. we should remember in iraq they did applaud us. they hated saddam hussein and his sons and henchmen. then things took a different course for a variety of reasons. in this case the entire country is united against them. many of the adults are taking up aurms against them. nowhere is safe. you can never really rest. you can't refit, they can't pull maintenance on their vehicles without being under threat. armor vehicles require a lot of maintenance, a lot of fuel, rearming and the rest of it. the russians, they may bring in the belarusians. there are reports of czechins who are quite thuggish. there's a lot of combat power. they'll get frustrated. they'll do enormous damage to kyiv in particular.
he is providing the example, energy, inspiration, and direction to the country at a time when you couldn't need it more. he refused to leave kyiv. remember he said i don't need a ride i need, you know, ammunition or what have you. this is t again, extraordinary leadership at the very top level, and it permeates down and the people are responding magnificently. i cannot imagine a more challenging, horrible context to be an invader than this. i was part of an invasion force, as you will recall, as commander of the 101st airborne division into iraq, the fight to baghdad. we had about 20,000 forces overall, and 254 helicopters and so forth. the people were applauding us. everyone's forgotten that now perhaps, but they didn't love saddam hussein, his murderous sons and so forth, they were happy to see that kleptocratic
lucas? >> that's right, bret. as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee this country, some people are coming back in to fight the russians. >> ukrainian remind me a lot of my home state of texas. they are fiercely independent. >> paul is a former paratrooper in the 101st airborne division with multiple deployments to iraq. he would only give us his first name. he moved to ukraine over a year ago and is part of the growing number of foreigners volunteering to defend the country against the russian army. >> i'm fighting to defend my home and their home here teaching them what i can in as little time as i can to help give them a chance to survive this invasion and slaughter by russians. >> while the u.n. says over 660,000 have fled the country since the start of the russian invasion six days ago, more than 20,000 have returned, including this man who says he struggled to sleep thinking about innocent people getting slaughtered.