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U.S. Reduces Kyiv Embassy Staff, Weighs Sending Troops to Region as Tensions Mount with Russia

HeadlineJan 24, 2022

The U.S. State Department is reducing nonessential personnel at its embassy in Ukraine and has ordered family members of diplomats to leave, citing a “threat of Russian military action.” President Biden is reportedly now weighing the possibility of sending up to 5,000 U.S. troops to the region and deploying warships and aircraft to NATO allies. NATO members say they have put forces on standby. The U.S. also sent a new delivery of military equipment to Ukraine. This comes after talks between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his counterpart Sergey Lavrov Friday failed to make any breakthroughs on the escalating tensions at the Russia-Ukraine border, where some 100,000 Russian troops have been massed. Blinken is joining a meeting of EU foreign ministers today over the crisis.

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