Top U.S., Ukrainian Diplomats Discuss Russian Troop Buildup

Top U.S., Ukrainian Diplomats Discuss Russian Troop Buildup

Andrew H. Sweet

The two diplomats met amid growing concern in Ukraine and parts of Europe about a large buildup of Russian military forces some 260 kilometers north of the Ukrainian border, not far from the border with Belarus.

Ukraine's Defense Ministry last week said that up to 90,000 troops remained in those locations despite the conclusion of military drills when the units had been expected to return to the regular bases.

Blinken told reporters that the U.S. authorities were unclear about Russia's intentions with Ukraine but that Washington's commitment to Ukraine's territorial integrity was "ironclad."

The two sides also signed a new agreement that pledged cooperation between Washington and Kyiv.

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