After Russia had announced the end of "verification activities" in the Southern and Western Military Districts of the country on the border with Ukraine and the return of troops to their permanent dispositions from April 23, the military who had taken part in the "exercises" in the Russia-occupied Crimea also began to return to the bases.
As the Ministry of Defense of the country stated, on April 23, the troops of the Southern Military District and the Airborne Forces that had been involved in the "verification", began to return to their permanent dispositions.
At the moment, military units and formations are marching to the coast, railway stations and airfields, where they are boarding the landing ships, railway platforms and military transport aircrafts.
The reaction of Zelenskyy, the United States, and NATO to the withdrawal of Russian troops
After yesterday's announcement of the Russian troops withdrawal, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that this news would ease tensions. He wrote about this on his Twitter page.
The US and NATO also reacted to the troops withdrawal. Thus, according to the US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price, the country heard the announcement, but will monitor what the Russians are actually doing, reports Al Arabiya.
As for NATO, as Deutsche Welle writes, it stated that it took the information into account, but "remain vigilant."
"Any steps towards de-escalation by Russia will be important and long overdue. We continue to urge Russia to comply with international obligations and withdraw all its forces from Ukrainian territory," NATO said.
Meeting of Zelenskyy and Putin
As for the meeting between Volodymyr Zelensky and President of the Russian Federation Putin on the territory of Donbas, that the Ukrainian President had previously called for, Putin said that he was ready to meet with him, but in Moscow and solely to discuss the relationship between the countries. In doing so, the head of the Russian Federation suggested that Zelenskyy first meet with the leaders of the terrorist organizations DPR and LPR prohibited in Ukraine to discuss the situation in the East of Ukraine.
"If we are talking about the development of bilateral relations, then of course, we will play host to the President of Ukraine in Moscow at any convenient time," he said.
Context. Earlier we wrote about the reaction of the world community about the increase in the number of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.