The U.S. accuses Russia of quietly increasing troops at Ukraine's border

Published February 17, 2022 at 8:27 AM EST
Ukrainian frontier guards walk along the border with Russia.
Sergey Bobok
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Ukrainian frontier guards walk along the border with Russia, some 40 km from the second-largest Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, on Wednesday.

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Tension at Ukraine's border: Russia says it's withdrawing some of its troops, but the U.S. and NATO officials say that claim is false. The Biden administration says Russia has increased its troop presence at Ukraine's border by as many as 7,000.

Florida abortion bill: The state house approved a measure banning abortions after 15 weeks. Similar bills were also passed this week by West Virginia’s House and Arizona’s Senate — all inspired by a Mississippi abortion law now before the Supreme Court.

The U.S. is defeated in women's Olympic hockey: Canada triumphed over its longtime rival — and the defending Olympic champion — to win its fifth gold medal in the sport.

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