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“We have seen troops massing at the border, as we’ve seen in the past,” she said.

“I have no reason to disagree with those numbers,” she said, asked by a journalist if the U.S. State Department in a position to repeat the information presented by NATO that there are now 15,000 Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian-Russian border.

“The Ukrainians have a responsibility and a duty to protect their citizens and their territory, which is what they’re doing. Russia should de-escalate, move back, and stop backing separatists who are taking down Ukrainian planes – fighter jets, as we’ve seen – and are attacking innocent civilians,” she said.

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