Russia withdraws 10,000 troops from training ground near Ukrainian border

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The Associated Press and Reuters reported yesterday that Russia withdrew more than 10,000 troops near the Ukrainian border.

However, as the number of Russian troops stationed in the region is still about 100,000, some analysts say that concerns about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have not been dispelled.

According to the report, the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement on the same day that more than 10,000 members of the Russian Southern District will return to work after completing training in Crimea, as well as in Rostov and Kuban in southern Russia.

Since October, Russia has deployed more than 100,000 troops and military equipment across the border with Ukraine, raising concerns that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is imminent.

The U.S. pressured Russia to impose sanctions on Russia if it invaded Ukraine, but Russia denied that it was free to send Russian troops to any part of its territory and had no plans to invade Ukraine.

On the other hand, Russia is demanding that the United States, NATO, and NATO ban Ukraine and other Eastern European countries from joining NATO, and that it legally promises that NATO will not deploy military forces near Russian borders.

Russia and the United States and NATO are expected to start discussing this kind of security guarantee negotiations in January next year.

Military experts said the withdrawal did not completely relieve tensions, saying that many Russian troops remained near the Ukrainian border.

Over 100,000 troops have been deployed so far, but only 10,000 have withdrawn this time.

“The areas of greatest concern are the northern and northeastern regions of Ukraine,” said Robert Lee, a Russian military expert, a doctoral student from King’s College London.

He also pointed out that “Southern Earth units can return quickly (to the border area), so Russia is still able to build up its military capabilities.”

In fact, Russia earlier this week revealed through state media that 1,200 paratroopers and heavy equipment units, including tanks, were conducting a simulated amphibious landing exercise in Crimea.

Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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