NATO Says It Sees No Signs Of Russia Withdrawing Troops Near Ukraine Border

NATO Says It Sees No Signs Of Russia Withdrawing Troops Near Ukraine Border
A Ukrainian serviceman carries an NLAW anti-tank weapon during an exercise in the Joint Forces Operation, in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, on Feb. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

MOSCOW - Russia had previously said on Wednesday that it would return more troops and weapons to bases, but Nato said it saw no sign of withdrawal as fears that Moscow could attack Ukraine soon persisted.

Russia has amassed as many as 150,000 troops in eastern, northern and southern Ukraine, fueling Western fears that it is planning an attack. Moscow denies having any such plans and this week said it would withdraw some troops and weapons, though provided few details. The claims have been met with skepticism from the US and its allies—even as they appear to have lowered the temperature after weeks of escalating East-West tensions.

On Wednesday, Russia's Defense Ministry released a video showing a train of armored vehicles moving across the bridge from Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The day before, the ministry reported the start of the troop withdrawal. taking part in military exercises near Ukraine.

But NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg threw cold water on those statements, saying the military association doesn't see any sign that Moscow is dwindling its troop situations around Ukraine. 


 “ At the moment, we haven't seen any pullout of Russian forces,” he said, before chairing a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels. 


 Still, that’s commodity we will drink but that remains to be seen, “ If they really start to withdraw forces.” 


 Countries in the alliance have also expressed mistrustfulness, as have leaders in Ukraine. Caught between Russia and the West, Ukrainian leaders have constantly sought to project calm but also strength during the extremity. 


 In a show of resoluteness, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared Wednesday — sloped by some officers as a possible launch for an irruption — a “ day of public concinnity.” To mark the day, demonstrators unfolded a 200- cadence (656- bottom) public flag at a sports arena in Kyiv. 


 “ We're united by a desire to happily live in peace,” Zelenskyy said in a videotape address to the nation. “ We can defend our home only if we stay united.” 


 The Russian service has n’t given the number of colors or munitions being withdrawn and offered many other details. And while Russian President Vladimir Putin has gestured he wants a politic path out of the extremity, he hasn't committed to a full pullout. 


 Putin has emphasized that he didn't want war and would calculate on accommodations to achieve his crucial thing of keeping Ukraine from joining NATO. 


 While those commentary sounded to change the tenor, Western leaders claimed that the extremity was far from over. President Joe Biden said Tuesday that American officers hadn't vindicated Russia’s claim, and British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace also said “ it’s too soon to tell” whether the withdrawal is genuine, noting that the Russians “ have n’t taken the bottom of the gas.” 


 “ I suppose what we have n’t seen is substantiation of pullout that has been claimed by the Kremlin,” Wallace told Sky News. “ In fact we ’ve seen continued buildup of effects like field hospitals and strategic munitions systems. Until we see a properde-escalation, I suppose we should all be conservative about the direction of trip from the Kremlin.” 


 On Wednesday, Russian fighter spurts flew training operations over Belarus that neighbors Ukraine to the north and paratroopers held shooting drills at firing ranges there as part of massive war games that the West stressed could be used as cover for an irruption of Ukraine. 


 Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei reaffirmed that all Russian colors and munitions will leave the country after the pushes wrap up Sunday. 


 Russia has denied having any irruption plans and has mocked Western warnings about an imminent irruption as “ paranoia” and “ madness.” 


 Asked by German diurnal Welt if Russia was going to attack Wednesday, Russia’s minister to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov fooled “ Wars in Europe infrequently start on a Wednesday.” 


 “ There wo n’t be an escalation coming week either, on in the week after, or in the coming month,” he said. 


 Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov also refocused sarcastically at warnings of Wednesday's irruption, saying that Russian officers had a good sleep on that night. 


 Russia wants the West to keep Ukraine and other former Soviet nations out of NATO, halt munitions deployments near Russian borders and roll back forces from Eastern Europe. TheU.S. and its abettors have roundly rejected those demands, but they offered to engage in addresses with Russia on ways to bolster security in Europe. 


 Speaking after meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin said Tuesday that the West agreed to bandy a ban on bullet deployment to Europe, restrictions on military drills and other confidence- structure measures — issues that Moscow put on the table times agone. He added that Russia was willing to bandy those issues, but only in confluence"with the main issues that are of primary significance for us.” 


 While Scholz reiterated that NATO's eastward expansion “ is not on the docket — everyone knows that veritably well,” Putin riposted that Moscow won't be assuaged by similar assurances. 


 “ They're telling us it wo n’t be hereafter,” Putin said. “ Well, when will it be? The day after hereafter? We want to break this issue now as part of concession process through peaceful means.” 


 On Tuesday, a series of cyberattacks knocked out the websites of the Ukrainian army, the defense ministry and major banks, and Serhii Demediuk, theNo. 2 functionary at Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, criticized it on Russia. 


 In Moscow, Russian lawgivers on Tuesday transferred an appeal to Putin prompting him to fete revolutionary- held areas in eastern Ukraine as independent countries — where Russia has supported revolutionists in a conflict that has killed over since 2014. Putin gestured that he was n’t inclined to back the stir, which would effectively shatter a 2015 peace deal that was a politic achievement for Moscow. 

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