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Russian military build-up stirs fears of Ukraine incursion

A large ground forces deployment on the northern edge of the town of Yelnya in Russia on Nov 1, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON - United States and European officials are engaged in urgent consultations amid fears that a military build-up of Russian troops in central Europe could indicate preparations for a Russian military incursion into Ukraine.

Mr Dmitry Peskov, official spokesman of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has dismissed fears about his country's aggressive intent as "empty and unfounded efforts to exacerbate tensions".

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