Many Ukrainians fear Russia is creating a pretext for invasion

The World

Tensions continue on the border of Ukraine and Russia. The US says Russia has increased its troops at the border. And fighting continues between Russian-backed groups and Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine. The World's host Marco Werman is joined by Maria Avdeeva, research director of the Ukraine-based European Expert Association. She’s based in Kharkiv, a city in Eastern Ukraine, close to the border with Russia.

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