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Ukraine Calls Russia’s Bluff Over Claims Troops Being Pulled Back

Russia’s defense ministry said Tuesday that units of the Western and Southern military districts are beginning to return from training to base stations by rail and road.
Members of the Ukrainian Border Guard patrol along the Ukrainian border fence at the Three Sisters border crossing between, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus on February 14, 2022 in Senkivka, Ukraine. Russia said on Tuesday that is pulling back some of its troops from near the border with Ukraine, but Kyiv called its bluff, asking to see evidence that it has withdrawn the soldiers. CHRIS MCGRATH/GETTY
Members of the Ukrainian Border Guard patrol along the Ukrainian border fence at the Three Sisters border crossing between, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus on February 14, 2022 in Senkivka, Ukraine. Russia said on Tuesday that is pulling back some of its troops from near the border with Ukraine, but Kyiv called its bluff, asking to see evidence that it has withdrawn the soldiers. CHRIS MCGRATH/GETTY

Russia said on Tuesday it is pulling back some of its troops from near the border with Ukraine, but Kyiv has asked to see evidence that it has indeed withdrawn the soldiers, amid fears of an imminent invasion.

Despite more than 100,000 Russian troops being stationed at the Western border with Ukraine for some weeks now, Moscow has consistently denied that it is planning a war.

But Western powers and Ukraine are not as optimistic, given that Russian invaded the region in 2014, annexing Crimea in Eastern Ukraine. The Biden administration has previously warned that an invasion could be imminent.

Russia’s defense ministry said Tuesday that units of the Western and Southern military districts are beginning to return from training to base stations by rail and road.

Responding to the news that Russia was intending to pull some troops back, Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmitry Kuleba was skeptical.

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