The U.S. ordered all but a "core team" of diplomats to leave Ukraine as President Biden prepared to talk with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Saturday, February 12, 2022 7:28 AM EST

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken also said that he would speak with Sergey V. Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, on Saturday to press for Russia to pull back the forces it has built up on three sides of Ukraine, and to engage in diplomacy to resolve what has grown into one of the gravest security threats in Europe since the Cold War. Follow our updates.

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