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Russia-Ukraine live updates: Russia says some troops will return to base

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While the United States believes a path of diplomacy remains “open” to Russia, a White House official warned that a Russian invasion of Ukraine “could begin at any time.”

Answering a question from ABC News’ Cecilia Vega during a press briefing Monday, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the U.S. government is so far seeing “more and more” Russian troops arrive on the border with Ukraine.

“In the past 10 days or so, when you look at what is happening at the border of Ukraine, there, we are seeing more than 100,000 troops there and it’s just been an every day more and more troops,” Jean-Pierre said.

“So we are certainly open to having conversations and seeing a de-escalation,” she added. “That door is open for diplomacy and this is up to President Putin. He has to make that decision. It is his decision to make on which direction he wants to take this.”

Jean-Pierre noted that “it remains unclear which path Russia will choose to take.”

When asked about the imminency of the situation, she said: “We are in the window when an invasion could begin at any time.”

“I’m not going to comment on the intelligence information,” she added, “except to say that it could begin this week.”

-ABC News’ Ben Gittleson


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