Russia Pulls back 10,000 Troops from Ukraine Border

Russia Pulls back 10,000 Troops from Ukraine Border. 

According to Interfax news agency, more than 10,000 Russian troops are returning home from a month-long exercise near Ukraine.

Interfax reported that drills occurred in several areas near Ukraine, including Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

Russia’s deployment in Ukraine of tens to thousands of troops had fueled fears in Kyiv, Western capitals and raised suspicions about Moscow’s plans for an attack.

Russia denies such plans and says it needs promises from the West, including a pledge by NATO not to extend the alliance eastward towards Russian borders. 

This is because Ukraine’s increasing ties with the West alliance threaten its security.

Moscow claims that it has the right to deploy troops anywhere it chooses.

However, the number of Russian forces that have moved closer to Ukraine has been estimated at between 60,000 and 90,000. 

However, one U.S. intelligence document suggests that this number could rise to 175,000.

“A stage for combat coordination of divisions and combat crews, as well as squads at motorized units…has been completed. Interfax reported that more than 10,000 military servicemen will march towards their permanent deployment from the territory of the combined arms’ area of drills.”