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Ukraine Tensions Spike as West Accuses Russia of Lying About Troop Withdrawal

By Andrew E. Kramer, Anton Troianovski, Michael D. Shear

16 Feb 2022 · 5 min read

Tensions over Ukraine abruptly ratcheted up Wednesday as Western officials accused Russia of lying about whether it had really begun pulling back troops from the Ukrainian border.

After days marked by flickers of hope that the conflict might be resolved peacefully, a senior U.S. official, who refused to be quoted by name, told reporters that far from winding down its deployment, Moscow had added more than 7,000 combatants. Western allies expressed similar doubts about the Russian claims.

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