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Russia Stages Assets Near Ukraine

Russia is staging air and ground forces near its Ukraine border, the non-profit Potomac Foundation reported Aug. 17. The Pentagon believes that the troops likely will begin conducting exercises, and possibly take positions to launch a foray into Ukraine itself. While Russia maintains that it has no intention of breaking off diplomatic relations with Ukraine, some arms-control experts in the West believe that the move could be the first in a series of steps aimed at re-establishing Russian preeminence in Eastern Europe.