The Russia This Wednesday (16) announced the end of military maneuvers and the withdrawal of part of its troops from the Crimean peninsula.
“Divisions of the southern military district have completed tactical exercises at bases on the Crimean peninsula and returned to their permanent bases,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, quoted by local news agencies.
Tanks, infantry and artillery will be transported by train, the report said.
Some exercises continue, such as a major joint exercise between Russia and Belarus, which ends on February 20 – Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense / via EPA / BBC
Russian television channels showed night pictures of an armored train crossing a bridge over the Kerch Strait. Russia To annex Crimea to its territory.
The Russia According to Western countries, more than 100,000 troops were stationed on the Ukrainian border. Military exercises by Russian and Belarusian forces continue until February 20 in Belarus, another Russian neighbor. Ukraine.
On Tuesday, Moscow announced a partial withdrawal of troops sent to the border area two weeks ago UkraineFear of an invasion is a sign of relaxation after two months, in the context of the crisis between Russia And Western countries.
Biden: We have not verified the release yet
However, the US and European powers are still waiting for evidence of a transparent military withdrawal Russia, Although they express cautious optimism. Moscow has not released the amount or time of the withdrawal.
Late on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden welcomed Russia’s announcement that it would withdraw some troops from the border. Ukraine, But said it has not yet verified whether this is actually happening. Said the attack was carried out by Russia There is still a strong possibility against the Ukrainian territory.
“We have not yet verified that the Russian military units are returning to their bases,” Biden said. “It simply came to our notice then. Russia More than 150,000 players are around Ukraine And Belarus, and on the border Ukraine. Further invasion is possible.
The American again threatened to impose severe sanctions if this happened.
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