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Russia abruptly claims it is ordering troops to withdraw from the Ukrainian border
Russian Defense Ministry For weeks, Russia has ignited tensions in Eastern Europe by building a powerful force of around 100,000 soldiers on the Ukrainian border. On Thursday, the Kremlin announced that it had achieved what it wanted with the exercise and ordered its army to pack up and go home. According to BBC News, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the announcement during a visit to Crimea, which was seized and annexed by Russia in the last major conflict in the region seven years ago. Shoigu said the military “rush” plan had been achieved and the tens of thousands of troops had no choice but to withdraw. “The troops have demonstrated their ability to provide credible defense to the country,” he told The Minister, who added that some soldiers will be asked to return to their “permanent bases” in Russia on Friday and the entire operation on Friday May 1 will be completed more than a week in some) пройдет основной этап учений войск Южного военного округа и Воздушно-десантных войск, которые проводились в рамках внезапной проверки боеготовности https://t.co/8ltXgN2IKC#Учения ЮВО # # # ВДВ Крым pic.twitter.com/VnS6KuKFWH- Минобороны России (@mod_russia) April 22, 2021 Shoigu’s announcement came immediately after Russia conducted massive military exercises in Crimea on Thursday to underline a show of force on the Ukrainian border, the Kiev and its western border Has put allies on alert for weeks. The Department of Defense claimed the drills included 60 ships, over 10,000 soldiers, 200 aircraft and over 1,000 military vehicles. Hoigu monitored the operation in a helicopter and, following his standstill order, said the military had demonstrated its willingness to respond to any “negative developments” during NATO’s Defender Europe 2021 exercise – a US Army-led mass war game, which runs until June in Europe. The build-up of troops caused panic in Ukraine – and although the withdrawal will come with relief, Russia has shown it could deploy a large force at the border if necessary. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told the Wall Street Journal this week: “We don’t know if Putin will decide to attack, but he will certainly be ready.” Last week during a call between President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin The White Haus said Biden had “underscored the United States’ unwavering commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”. On Thursday, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the Western allies to punish Moscow’s threatened behavior with new sanctions. Later, following the announcement of the withdrawal, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko said, “We are monitoring the situation.” Read more on The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.