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Russia withdraws some troops from border with Ukraine

The announcement was made by the Russian Defense Minister. However, large-scale military exercises across the country continue.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says some of the troops stationed along the Ukrainian border are being withdrawn, returning to their bases, according to the Interfax news agency.

According to the same source, these Russian soldiers return to their bases after completing the military exercises for which they were mobilized. The Kremlin will nevertheless maintain large-scale military maneuvers along the border with Ukraine.

Russia has deployed around 100,000 troops to the border with Ukraine and has carried out military exercises in the Black Sea and Belarus, just a few kilometers from Kyiv, which has made the West fear that an attack could be brewing in the coming days. against the neighboring country.

The announcement of the withdrawal of some soldiers, made by the Russian Defense Ministry, comes on the same day that the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is expected in Moscow.

The German Foreign Minister appealed on Tuesday to Russia to withdraw troops from the border with Ukraine. “The situation is particularly dangerous and could degenerate at any time (…) and we must use every opportunity for dialogue to reach a peaceful solution”, says Annalena Baerbock, quoted in a statement.

The Foreign Minister says that “responsibility for ending the escalation clearly lies with Russia, and it is up to Moscow to withdraw its troops”.

In support of Ukraine, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will supply Kyiv with military equipment worth €5.4 million. According to Trudeau, “the intent of this support from Canada and other partners is to deter further Russian aggression.”

Russia says there is still scope for diplomacy, which seems to show its willingness to de-escalate the conflict.

Source: With Agencies

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