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Ukraine and Russia: why troop build-up unlikely to lead to all-out war

By Liana Semchuk, PhD Candidate in Politics, University of Oxford
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Russia’s recent build-up of 80,000 troops on its eastern border with Ukraine and in Crimea has put the international community on high alert. There are widespread concerns about Moscow’s intentions and a possible threat of war.

Technically, Ukraine and Russia have been engaged in a conflict since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and backed separatist forces in Ukraine’s eastern regions…

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