Ukrainian soldiers transport their tanks from their base in Perevalnoe, outside Simferopol, Crimea, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Russia has moved more troops near Ukraine's border in recent days despite assurances it would not attack the country's east, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.There are now more than 20,000 Russian troops, including airborne units, fighter aircraft and armored vehicles, deployed near the Ukrainian border, providing ample firepower to seize the eastern region if Moscow chose to, according to US defense officials.Hammond said diplomatic and economic sanctions against Russia over its intervention in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula were designed to isolate Moscow over its "aggression" while also deterring any further incursions.
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