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Security Watch Ukraine crisis: US boots on the ground in Poland is an option, Hagel says (+video)

'De-escalation is our focus,' Hagel said alongside his Polish counterpart, but 'we have to look at every possibility.' Even so, US steps on Ukraine are not meant to threaten Russia, he said.

By Anna MulrineStaff writer / April 17, 2014

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While Pentagon officials say that they are most interested in ratcheting down tensions with Russia, they are nonetheless considering sending US ground forces into Poland.