Thursday, May 22, 2014

Russia Says Troops Pulling Back From Ukraine Border

Russia said on Wednesday that troops deployed for exercises near the Ukrainian border had dismantled their equipment and were moving to train stations and airfields for return to their permanent bases.   However, the United States and NATO said they saw no clear signs of a pullout. The Kremlin said on Monday that President Vladimir Putin had told his defense chief to order troops to pull back from the border with Ukraine, where eastern regions have fallen largely under the control of pro-Russian rebels. According to the statement issued by the Defense Ministry, after spending a day dismantling field camps, packing and preparing military vehicles, military forces in the Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk provinces "have begun to move toward train stations and airfields."

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