Official reports revealed that thousands of Russian soldiers withdrew from the Ukrainian border after conducting exercises for about a month.
Reuters reported Saturday that more than 10,000 Russian soldiers have fled a number of regions near Ukraine, including Crimea, Rostov and Kuban, and returned to their permanent bases. The report refers to what was reported by the Interfax news agency on the Russian army.
According to the Russian agency, “the coordination phase of the combat of units, combat crews and teams has been completed in mechanized units “.
And the Interfax news agency reported that more than 10 thousand soldiers will return to their permanent bases fromarea of joint weapons exercises.
Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops in the northern, eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, which has raised concerns in Kiev and western countries that Moscow may plan an attack.
And US intelligence revealed at the beginning of questyear that Russia was planning to launch a military attack on Ukraine early next year with the participation of 175,000 soldiers near the border.
The intelligence document, obtained by the Washington Post, included satellite images of the military formation.
But Russia has denied the existence of such plans. Instead, Moscow called on NATO to pledge not to expand the alliance to Russia’s borders.
Russia said Ukraine’s increased engagement with NATO poses a threat to Moscow. The Kremlin has also claimed it has the authority to deploy troops within its borders if necessary.
News of the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Ukrainian border comes more than two weeks after US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone for more than two hours.
The White House said that Biden put up during the conversation in Putin guarded against the invasion of Ukraine and claimed that Moscow would suffer economic consequences if it launched an attack on Ukraine.
Biden offered an opportunity to ease the tension through diplomatic channels with the United States and European countries.
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