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Russia is laying the groundwork to annex Ukrainian territory, White House says

2022-07-20 09:18:55       source:CNBC

July 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday that it has intelligence to indicate Russia is taking steps to annex parts of Ukraine.

"We're seeing ample evidence and intelligence and in the public domain that Russia intends to try to annex additional Ukrainian territory," National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters at the White House.

Kirby added that the U.S. observed a similar Russian playbook in 2014 before the Kremlin annexed Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula on the Black Sea.

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