Statement of Russia on the withdrawal of forces from the Ukrainian borders is a positive event. However, the troops’ withdrawal will not stop the conflict in general as Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba reported.
“The statement of Shoigu is the positive event. If Russia really withdraws forces from the border with Ukraine that it relocated there, it will relieve tensions. However, we should remember that this step does not stop the escalation and the conflict in general,” Kuleba stated.
He also added that the statement is good but it would be better to see consistent constructive actions confirmed by Ukraine’s and NATO intelligence.
“These troops did not just come to our border and it should return back. They held dangerous exercises and created a real risk for Ukraine. Russia still should explain to Ukraine, OSCE, and international society why it needs to deploy such amount of troops with offensive arms to the border with Ukraine with such excessive number of troops,” Kuleba stated.
He thanked international partners for their firm and timely reaction to the escalation of the situation by Russia.
“It could encourage Russia to make a decision to wind up unprecedentedly dangerous exercises. Ukraine urges all partners not to let the guards down, continue watching the situation and assume effective measure on deterrence of Russia,” he said.
Recently, the escalation was observed in Donbas, as well as the build-up of the Russian forces near the border with Ukraine.
On April 22, it was reported that Russia is withdrawing troops from the borders of Ukraine to places of permanent basing. Shoigu has ordered the General Staff that commands troops of the military districts and airborne forces to plan and hold the return of troops to places of permanent basing from April 23.