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Russia has 70% of the military buildup needed to invade Ukraine

US intelligence assessments show Russia could overtake Kyiv in days

Ukraine civilians train in case of an invasion from Russia.
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Russia has 70% of the military buildup needed to invade Ukraine. Intelligence assessments from the US, which a senior Russian diplomat disputed, show Kyiv could be seized in days.

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