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Russia has plans to further increase its military forces on Ukrainian borders, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday in remarks to personnel at the US Embassy in Kyiv.

"We know that there are plans in place to increase that force even more on very short notice and that gives President Putin the capacity also on very short notice to take further aggressive action against Ukraine and that, of course, has gotten not only our attention, but it's gotten the attention of virtually all of our allies and partners and not just in Europe, even beyond," Blinken said.

"This is a critical time for Ukraine," Blinken believes.

"There is the path of diplomacy and dialogue to try to resolve whatever differences there are peacefully through diplomacy, clearly the preferable path, clearly the most responsible path and the one that we would prefer, but there is also the path if Russia chooses to renew aggression, of conflict, confrontation and consequences for Russia," he said in his remarks to staff at the embassy.

Blinken said President Joe Biden had asked his team to "take stock" of the situation after intense negotiations with allies but also conversations with Russia and to "reaffirm" the US' commitment to Ukraine.

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