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US committed to diplomacy but Russia appears set to invade Ukraine: Blinken

West fears imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine, estimating that more than 150,000 Russian troops have encircled the country.

A Ukrainian servicewoman holds a teddybear during a performance by Larisa Borisenko, for Ukrainian troops with the 34th Battalion, near the frontline village of Krymske, Luhansk region, in eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022.
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A Ukrainian servicewoman holds a teddybear during a performance by Larisa Borisenko, for Ukrainian troops with the 34th Battalion, near the frontline village of Krymske, Luhansk region, in eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022.

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All signs suggest Russia is on the brink of invading Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday, but still vowed that Washington would use every opportunity until the last minute to see if diplomacy would dissuade Moscow from going ahead.
 
Speaking on broadcaster CNN's "State of the Union" show, Blinken maintained Washington's position that the deterrent impact of sanctions would be lost if they are triggered before an invasion despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's passionate plea on Saturday to unleash them.
 
"Everything we are seeing suggests that this is dead serious, that we are on the brink

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First Published: Feb 20 2022 | 8:58 PM IST

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