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Russian Troops Threaten Ukraine

Russia has sent more than 100,000 troops to the border of its neighbor, Ukraine, surrounding the country on three sides and raising fears that it intends to invade. What prompted Russia’s action? The answer lies partly in the history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a group of Western nations that signed an agreement after World War II to stand together against Soviet aggression. Russia has long felt threatened by the NATO alliance, which has a mission to promote democratic values and has expanded greatly over the past 70 years. Listen to learn about the role of NATO in Russia’s move against Ukraine, and hear a retired army lieutenant general share thoughts on what may happen next.


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