Prayers help: Russia withdraws part of its troops from Ukrainian borders

15 February, 12:45
Ukraine and world
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Troops of the Southern and Western military districts bordering Ukraine began to return to their permanent locations after the exercises on Tuesday, February 15.

This was announced by the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, according to the Russian state agencies TASS and RIA Novosti.

The units of the southern and Western military districts that completed the task have already started loading on rail and road transport and will start moving to their military garrisons today. Individual units will carry out marches on their own as part of military convoys," says Konashenkov. His words are also cited by RIA-Novosti.

He added that other troops will gradually, with the end of “combat training activities, as always, carry out marches in a combined way to the points of permanent deployment.”

The Southern Military District borders the eastern regions of Ukraine and covers the annexed Crimea, while the Western military district borders the northern regions of Ukraine.

The minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has already responded to the situation. "Various statements are constantly being made from the Russian Federation, so we already have a rule: we will see, then we will believe. If we see a withdrawal, we will believe in de-escalation," Kuleba said at a briefing in Kyiv, BBC reports.

According to Kuleba, so far diplomats have managed to deter Russia from further escalation.