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Ukraine appeals for peace, says movement of Russian troops near the border ‘not news’

Ukraine’s leaders have tried to reassure the nation that a feared invasion from neighboring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat of invasion was real.

Moscow has denied planning the attack, but has gathered an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine, prompting the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to prepare for potential war.

Several rounds of high-stakes diplomacy have failed to yield any breakthrough and tensions escalated this week.

NATO said it was increasing its deterrence in the Baltic Sea region and the US ordered 8,500 troops on high alert to potentially deploy to Europe as part of a coalition “reaction force” if needed.

The Kremlin said Washington’s actions and statements around Ukraine were increasing tensions and Russia was watching with “great concern” the decision to put troops on alert.

Russia has begun conducting war preparedness inspections in its southern military district, which borders Ukraine, which contains more than 6,000 soldiers, the RIA news agency quoted Russia’s military as saying on Tuesday.

The US State Department has ordered the families of all US personnel at the US embassy in Kiev to leave the country, adding that non-essential embassy staff can leave. Britain and Australia have also said they are withdrawing some diplomats and dependents, with Canberra urging Australians to leave.


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