The Russian army begins withdrawing its forces from the outskirts of Ukraine

The Russian army begins withdrawing its forces from the outskirts of Ukraine

Tensions lie near Ukraine and annexed Crimea: After his announcement on Thursday eveningThe Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Friday (April 23) that the Russian army had begun withdrawing from the border areas with Ukraine where forces had been massed for weeks.

Currently, our military units and groups are marching towards railway and airport loading stations, loading landing craft, railway platforms and military cargo aircraft.According to the ministry, citing the RIA Novosti agency.

According to the same source, according to Interfax, this withdrawal began in the Crimean Ukrainian peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, the day after the training that gathered about 10,000 men in this region. “On April 23, the Southern Military District forces and the Airborne Forces began participating in surprise verification exercises, returning to their permanent deployment sites.”According to the ministry.

Constant tension

Defense Minister Sergey Chogo, who is in Crimea on Thursday, spoke about surprise exercises to verify the readiness of Russian forces and announced that the withdrawal of forces deployed in Crimea and western Russia will continue until ‘to 1.he is May.

The presence of so many soldiers near Ukraine, which has been fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country since 2014, has fueled tensions between Moscow, Kiev and the West in recent weeks.

Ukraine suspects Moscow is preparing for an invasion. Russia denied asserting that its maneuvers were not “the threat” But it came in response to NATO maneuvers in Europe and Ukrainian provocations.

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The conflict between Kiev and the pro-Russian separatists has claimed dozens of lives since January, when a long armistice was observed during the second half of 2020. Since its inception in 2014, more than 13,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

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