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Map: Positions of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border

Russia and the United States continue to clash over Moscow’s military presence on the Ukrainian border. The buildup, which caught the attention of military analysts from at least October, has been building for months, prompting Western countries to sound the alarm about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.

While Russian President Vladimir Putin denies planning to launch an attack, by February 16 Russian forces had virtually surrounded Ukraine, according to data from Rochan Consulting, an independent analysis group based in Gdansk, Poland, which tracks military movements using satellite images. It is estimated that more than 130,000 soldiers concentrated in the south, east and north of the country.

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