The Russian army announced today, Thursday, that its armed forces after intensive training in near Ukraine, that die alarmed western countries have returned to their permanent bases.
Training for a third of the army
General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Army, said more than 300,000 soldiers, fast a third of the one million soldiers in the army took part in the exercises earlier this month.
During a meeting with senior military officials to discuss the exercises, he found that they comprised 35,000 combat vehicles, approximately 900 aircraft and 180 naval vessels.
The commander of the Western Military District, Colonel Alexander Zoravlev, also stated that die most of its armed forces now in their garrisons had returned and that only one train carrying troops was still on the way to their base.
The build-up of troops in the south and southwest of Russia near the Ukrainian border has alarmed the west and prompted Moscow to withdraw its armed forces.
And Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu led the withdrawal of the armed forces last week after major maneuvers in Crimea, but stressed that this move had nothing to do with Western calls, die he declined as inappropriate.
Annexation of the Crimea
It is noteworthy that Russia in March 2014 after the overthrow of Moscow’s Ukrainian President die Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea annexed by Ukraine and then its weight behind die separatist rebels in who threw eastern Ukraine. More than 14,000 people are in died the seven years of fighting, die an industrial area in devastated eastern Ukraine called Donbass.
A 2015 peace agreement brokered by France and Germany helped end large-scale battles, however die Skirmishes continued down the line of communication and a political settlement stalled. Ukraine and the West accused Russia of die To support rebels with troops and weapons – allegations, die Moscow denied.
The Kremlin warns die Ukrainian authorities strongly against using force die control over die To regain rebel territories in the east, saying they might have to intervene in order to die To protect civilians there.
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