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Nine Marines have been deployed to the U.S. Embassy in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, at the request of the State Department, an official said Tuesday.

There was no immediate word on any specific threat to the American facility beyond the turmoil that has gripped the city and driven out former President Viktor Yanukovych.

The Marines are from a unit based in Quantico, Va., that is dedicated to reinforcing security at embassies worldwide.

— Courtney Kube