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Russia creating ‘false provocations’ in Ukraine in past 24-48 hours: Blinken

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The shelling in eastern Ukraine over the past 48 hours is part of Russian efforts to create “false provocations” to justify further “aggression” against the former Soviet country, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday.

What has happened “in the last 24-48 hours is part of a scenario that is already in place of creating false provocations, of then having to respond to those provocations and then ultimately committing new aggression against Ukraine,” Blinken told the Munich Security Conference.

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