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Troop build-up shows Putin views Ukraine as ‘unfinished business’

By Max Seddon in Moscow and Katrina Manson in Washington

16 Nov 2021 · 1 min read

Last spring, US officials thought they had helped prevent a major geopolitical flare-up when Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered tens of thousands of troops he had massed near the Ukrainian border from as far as Siberia to stand down.

In recent weeks, however, it has become clear that much of the Russian forces had remained within striking distance of the Ukrainian border and had resumed their build-up, amid undisclosed additional intelligence that would support the assumption Moscow is planning an invasion, western officials say.

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