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In Pics | See the massive military buildup by Russia near Ukraine

With Russia carrying out a massive military buildup near Ukraine and the West roundly rejecting Moscow’s security demands, a window for diplomacy in the crisis appears to be closing.

February 14, 2022 / 08:15 PM IST
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In this photo taken from video and released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Friday, February 4 2022, tanks and armored vehicles move during the Belarusian and Russian joint military drills at Brestsky firing range, Belarus. With Russia carrying out a massive military buildup near Ukraine and the West roundly rejecting Moscow’s security demands, a window for diplomacy in the crisis appears to be closing. But even as Moscow continues to bolster its forces and holds sweeping war games, President Vladimir Putin is keeping the window open for more negotiations in a calculated game of brinkmanship intended to persuade Washington and its allies to accept Russia's demands. (Image: AP)
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The West fears that a Russian invasion of Ukraine may be imminent, while Russia maintains it has no plans to do so but wants its security concerns addressed. (Image: AP)
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In this image taken from video and released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Russian rocket launchers fire during military drills near Orenburg in the Urals, Russia in December 2021. With the West rejecting its key demands, the Kremlin has raised the stakes by massing over 100,000 troops near Ukraine and carrying out a series of military maneuvers from the Arctic Ocean to the Black Sea. (Image: AP)
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As part of the show of force, Moscow has moved trainloads of troops, tanks and weapons from the Far East and Siberia to Belarus for joint war games, drawing Western concerns that Russia could use them as a cover for an invasion. In this photo, the Russian navy's missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov sails off for an exercise in the Arctic. (Image: AP)
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By concentrating troops that could attack Ukraine from many directions, Putin has demonstrated a readiness to escalate the crisis to achieve his goals. This photo shows Russian military vehicle moves during a military exercise at a training ground in the Rostov region, Russia. (Image: AP)
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In this image from a video released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on February 2, 2022, Russian and Belarusian armored vehicles drive during a joint military drills at Brestsky firing range, Belarus. (Image: AP)
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President Joe Biden’s administration also has deployed additional U.S. troops to Poland, Romania and Germany in a show of Washington’s commitment to protect NATO’s eastern flank. The U.S. and its allies have delivered planeloads of weapons and munitions to Ukraine. In this photo, you can see armored vehicles fire during the Belarusian and Russian joint military drills at Brestsky firing range, Belarus. (Image: AP)
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In this photo taken from video and released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on February 4  multiple rocket launchers fire during the Belarusian and Russian joint military drills at Brestsky firing range, Belarus (Image: AP)
Associated Press
first published: Feb 14, 2022 08:15 pm
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