Russia has announced that it will withdraw some of its troops from the Ukrainian border.
According to a statement released by spokesperson Igor Konashenkov of the defence ministry, exercises will be carried out for a coordinated withdrawal of fleets, airborne forces and other military districts.
“Units of the southern and western military districts, which have accomplished their missions, are boarding trains and trucks and will head for their garrisons later today,” the statement read.
Furthermore, the Russian defence ministry publicized a clip showing tanks and other weapons transported on to railway cars; to back up its claims.
The move comes as a welcomed sign of crisis de-escalation after weeks of tensions and fears of an invasion.
Sources also remain unsure of the magnitude of withdrawal of Russian forces from the border; even though experts have estimated the ground forces to be about sixty percent.
From the business perspective, the Russian rouble recorded gains after the announcement was made. A sign that there is a positive outlook by major investors on a halt to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Howbeit, other western nations opine that the Russian troop exercises holding in Belarus could be a cover for a pending attack on Ukraine. Russia came out to debunk such claims; stating that the troops will end their exercises on February 20 and return to base.
Previously, Russia had also announced that all exercises by its force in the border had been concluded. However, evidences via satellite and the cyber space have shown otherwise.