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Russian Claim of Withdrawing Troops from Ukraine Border is False, says US

Russian Claim of Withdrawing Troops from Ukraine Border is False, says US
Source: NDTV

According to a senior US source, Russia’s allegation that it is pulling soldiers away from the Ukrainian border is “false,” adding that 7,000 additional troops had arrived in recent days.

The insider further stated that Russia may attack Ukraine “at any time” on a “false” pretext.

Following the end of military drills, Moscow claims it will move soldiers away from the Ukrainian border.

Western authorities, on the other hand, say they have seen no evidence to back up the assertion.

According to the German chancellery, US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed in a phone discussion on Wednesday that “Russia must take meaningful efforts toward de-escalation.”

Russia, which has consistently denied plans to attack Ukraine while amassing more than 100,000 troops along the border, dismisses Western fears as “hysteria.”

Images reportedly showing troops and equipment returning to permanent sites following military exercises have been released by the country’s defense ministry.

Thousands more troops have landed in the area in recent days, according to a senior White House official, including some on Wednesday.

The US official, speaking to media, questioned Russia’s claims that it was “withdrawing forces from the Ukrainian border.”

“That assertion drew a lot of attention, both in the United States and across the world. However, we now know that it was untrue.”

“We don’t see any army retreat yet,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told reporters.

On Wednesday, Ukraine observed a so-called day of unity, with national blue and yellow flags flying across the country.

In reaction to US intelligence assessments that Russia may invade Ukraine on the same day, President Zelensky announced the patriotic holiday.

There are no evidence that Russian forces are de-escalating, according to Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who declared on Wednesday that the danger from Russia has become the “new normal.”

Mr Stoltenberg said the alliance was contemplating establishing additional battle groups – the smallest sort of self-sufficient military forces – in central and south-eastern Europe during a meeting of Nato defence ministers in Brussels.

He said it was part of continuous efforts to strengthen European defense, which had cost $270 billion (£199 billion) since 2014, but he tried to reassure Russia that Nato was not a danger.

He said that France had volunteered to command one of these fighting groups in Romania.

Mr Stoltenberg’s words were “no longer interesting” to Russia’s foreign ministry.