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Berlin Talks End After More Than Nine Hours: Ukraine Update

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Russia and Belarus Begin Massive Military Exercises
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The U.S. reasserted its intention to impose “swift, severe costs” on Russia if the Kremlin takes any aggressive acts, as Germany and France pushed forward a lagging diplomatic effort to restore peace in eastern Ukraine. 

As diplomats met in Berlin on Thursday, Russia and Belarus began their largest joint military exercises in years -- involving thousands of troops, armor, fighter aircraft and missile-defense systems. The maneuvers, scheduled to last until Feb. 20, take place near Ukraine’s border as well as NATO members Poland and Lithuania.