“Units of the military districts in the south and west that were carrying out the detachment have already begun loading rail and road transport and will begin today to return to their bases.”The Russian Interfax news agency quoted ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying.
By announcing this decision, The official indicates that large-scale exercises will continue in the countryHowever, some units of the southern and western provinces, which are closer to the border with Ukraine, have already completed the exercises for which they were deployed.
In the same tone, Ukraine’s foreign minister responded on Tuesday with some skepticism. “When we see a withdrawal, we can believe in de-escalation,” said Dmytro Kuleba.
In recent weeks, Russia has amassed more than 130,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, causing great anxiety and fueling fears of an invasion of that country.
of these soldiers, And deployed about 30 thousand in joint military exercises with Belarus. These concrete military exercises should end next Sunday, February 20th.
The signals sent by the Kremlin in the last hours are contradictory: new satellite images released by an American company, Maxar Technologies, show an increase in Russian military activity at several locations along Ukraine. The company is following the Russian moves and indicates that there are important activities between Sunday and Monday.
The partial withdrawal comes after weeks of intense diplomatic efforts The day comes when German Chancellor Olaf Schulz is expected to arrive in Moscow as the Ukraine issue is at the center of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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