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Amid growing tensions [on / in] the Russia-Ukraine border, a top US general has warned of "horrific" consequences of any [arms / armed] conflict. General Mark Milley warned that any Russian action would result in a [significance / significant] number of deaths. He said: "An invasion will not be cost-free in terms [of / at] casualties." General Milley told reporters that Russia's 100,000 troops on Ukraine's border was very [worrying / worried] . He said: "This is larger in scale and [scoop / scope] in the massing of forces than anything we have seen in [recently / recent] memory, and I think you'd have to go back quite [a / the] while into the Cold War days to see something of this [magnetism / magnitude] ." Russia says it has no plans to invade and says US support for Ukraine is the biggest [treat / threat] .

Russia has [accusation / accused] the USA and NATO of [being / been] the aggressors in the latest tensions. It says it is unacceptable [on / for] US and NATO forces to be so [close / closely] to Russia's borders. Moscow also called for Ukraine to be [binned / banned] from joining NATO. The US said this request was untenable. NATO said Ukraine had the right to choose its own [allied / allies] . Russia said NATO should end any military activity in Eastern Europe, and pull [troops / troop] out of Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In addition, it called for NATO not to [deploy / employ] missiles in countries near or [bordered / bordering] Russia. Ukraine's President Zelensky has accused the West of creating "panic" over a [possible / possibility] invasion.

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