Russia: 10,000 troops returning to bases after drills near Ukraine

Russia: 10,000 troops returning to bases after drills near Ukraine

The Russian army says more than 10,000 Russian troops are returning to their permanent bases after month-long drills near Ukraine.

“A stage of combat coordination of divisions, combat crews, squads at motorized units… has been completed. More than 10,000 military servicemen… will march to their permanent deployment from the territory of the combined arms’ area of drills,” Interfax quoted the army as saying Saturday.

The drills, Interfax news agency said, were held in several regions near Ukraine, including in Crimea, which rejoined Russia in 2014, as well as in the southern Russian regions of Rostov and Kuban.

Kyiv and Western capitals have been claiming that Russia’s deployment of troops near Ukraine was a preparation for an attack.

Russia denies any such plans, saying it can deploy its troops on its territory as it sees fit.

Moscow is also worried about NATO’s eastward expansion towards Russian borders and says its own…

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