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Merkel Says Russia Troops Making ‘Extremely Tense’ Situation

  • Ukraine calls deployments ‘alarming’ and appeals for sanctions
  • Russian military drills start in Black Sea as tensions spread
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Ukraine Urges EU to Set New Sanctions Against Russia
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed concern at continued Russian troop deployments around Ukraine that the European Union estimates at 100,000, while the government in Kyiv appealed for sanctions to be tightened on its neighbor.

The situation is “extremely tense and very worrying as a result of the concentration of forces on the Russian side of the Ukrainian border,” Merkel told a virtual Council of Europe event Tuesday. The U.S. Pentagon said Monday that the buildup exceeds the one that preceded Russia’s 2014 military intervention.