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Russia Builds Up Forces Near Ukraine Ahead of U.S. Talks

  • Satellite images show tanks, artillery being moved near border
  • U.S. offered January talks on Russia’s security proposals
Satellite imagery showing ground forces in Yelnya, Russia, on Nov. 1.

Satellite imagery showing ground forces in Yelnya, Russia, on Nov. 1.

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Russia is continuing to build up forces close to Ukraine even as it’s preparing for security talks with the U.S., keeping up pressure with a deployment that could turn into a rapid invasion or a long-term threat.

Citing “further troop movements on the border,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told reporters “my concern is great” and called for dialogue Wednesday. Russia now has 122,000 troops within 200 kilometers (120 miles) of the border, according to Ukraine’s Security and Defense Council.