Russia announces withdrawal of troops from Ukraine border

On April 22, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered Russian troops back to their permanent bases following massive drills amid tensions with Ukraine, However, he also said that the troops should leave their weapons behind in Western Russia for another exercise later this year.  

“I consider the goals of the snap check of readiness fulfilled,” Shoigu said. “The troops have shown their capability to defend the country and I decided to complete the drills in the South and Western military districts.” Shoigu said the troops should return to their bases by May 1, but he ordered to keep the heavy weapons deployed to western Russia as part of the drills for another massive military exercise later this year. 

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