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U.S. Has Asked Russia to Explain 'Provocations' on Ukraine Border -State Department

The United States finds reports of Russian military movements on Ukraine's border "credible," has asked Moscow to explain the "provocations" and is ready to engage on the situation, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

The reported Russian troop buildup and movements bordering eastern Ukraine have become the latest point of tension in icy U.S.-Russian relations less than three months after U.S. President Joe Biden took office.

State Department spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing that the United States would be concerned by any effort by Moscow to intimidate Ukraine whether it occurred on Russian territory or within Ukraine.

He declined to say whether the United States believed Russia was preparing to invade the neighboring former Soviet republic.

Later on Monday, a State Department spokesperson told Reuters that the United States is "open to engagement with Moscow" on the situation, describing as "credible" reports of Russian troop movements on Ukraine's border and Crimea, the peninsula seized by Russia in 2014.

The movements, the spokesperson said, were preceded by violations of a July 2020 ceasefire that killed four Ukrainian soldiers and wounded four others.