The situation is Ukraine has gotten more ominous. Additional armed Russian troops have entered the country's territory a week ago, accompanied by heavy weaponry and tanks. This mobilization of Russia's armed forces is not the first such occurrence, but the significance lies in its timing on the eve of several high-profile international meetings.
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