No evidence of Russian troop withdrawal on Ukrainian border, says Ukrainian President Zelensky

No evidence of Russian troop withdrawal on Ukrainian border, says Ukrainian President Zelensky

Moscow says it is moving troops away from the Ukrainian border after the completion of military exercises, but Western officials say they have seen no evidence to support the claim.

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Its defence ministry has published images purportedly showing troops and equipment returning to their permanent bases after military exercises.

But according to the senior White House official, who asked to remain anonymous, thousands more troops have arrived in the area in recent days — including some on Wednesday itself.

He was speaking as Ukraine marked a so-called day of unity on Wednesday, with national blue and yellow flags raised throughout the country.

President Zelensky declared the patriotic holiday in response to US intelligence reports that Russia could attack Ukraine on the same day.


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Speaking at a summit of Nato defence ministers in Brussels, Stoltenberg said the alliance was considering setting up new battle groups — the smallest type of self-sufficient military units — in central and south-eastern Europe.

He said this was part of ongoing measures to bolster European defence — on which $270bn (£199bn) had been spent since 2014 — although he attempted to reassure Russia that Nato was not a threat.

France had offered to lead one such battle group in Romania, he said.

Image: Russian Defence Ministry


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