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Russia started withdrawing troops, but only in occupied Crimea, - Border Service

Source : 112 Ukraine

A concentration of forces and equipment remains in military camps near Voronezh and the city of Boguchar in Voronezh region
14:23, 28 April 2021

Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Serhiy Deyneko
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Russia has partially begun withdrawing troops from the occupied Crimea, but no movement has been observed near Ukraine's eastern border. This was stated by the head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Serhiy Deyneko in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

"After the announced statement by Russian Defense Minister Shoygu that they would begin withdrawing troops on April 23, indeed, our intelligence observes that the process has begun partially. Now we see this process in the temporarily occupied Crimea," Deyneko said.

At the same time, the head of the SBGS stated that at the moment there is still a concentration of forces and equipment in military camps near Voronezh and the city of Boguchar in Voronezh region - a few tens of kilometers from the border with Ukraine.

"As for those field camps in Voronezh region, we do not see any movement there yet," Deyneko added.

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Earlier it was reported that the U.S. continues to follow the Russian forces near the borders of Ukraine. According to Pentagon, Russia has withdrawn part of its troops, however, the risk remains.

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On April 22, Russia announced the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine's borders. The Russian Defense Ministry called the transfer of most Russian troops to the southern border of the Russian Federation a "sudden inspection."

Ukraine, in turn, welcomed such a decision by Russia. However, President Volodymyr Zelensky noted that Kyiv remains on the alert.

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