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NATO Warns Russia Force on Ukraine Border Ready to Act

With Russian forces massed near the country’s border with Ukraine in a high state of readiness, NATO leaders warned that any incursion across the frontier would be a “historic mistake.”

The presence of as many as 40,000 soldiers along Ukraine’s eastern border is fueling concern that Russia is poised to invade on the pretext of protecting Russian-speaking inhabitants of eastern and southern Ukraine. Backed by state-run media, President Vladimir Putin says the Kiev-based government is influenced by anti-Russian extremists and hasn’t done enough to stop them from persecuting Russian-language speakers.