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Russia returns thousands of troops to base after training near Ukraine

According to Russian troops, more than 10,000 Russian troops have returned to their permanent base after a month of training near Ukraine.

Russia’s deployment of tens of thousands of troops north, east and south of Ukraine fueled fears in Kiev and the western capital that Moscow was planning an attack. (AP)

Russia has announced that more than 10,000 troops have completed a month of training near Ukraine in the wake of Western accusations that Moscow was plotting to invade its former Soviet neighbors.

The Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Saturday that training for the Southern Military District was conducted in many southern regions, including Lostov, Krasnodar and Crimea.

“The combat coordination phase for divisions, combatants, and squads of electric units has been completed,” Interfax news said the military said.

Training took place further away, including Stavropol, Astrakhan, the Republic of the North Caucasus, and even Armenia, Russia’s Caucasus ally.

The Defense Ministry said the troops were returning to a permanent base and the standby forces were ready for the New Year holidays.

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Escalation

Estimates of the number of Russian troops that have recently approached Ukraine vary from 60,000 to 90,000.

One US intelligence document suggests that the number could grow to 175,000.

Russia states that it has denied planning a large-scale attack by freely moving troops to its territory.

It’s on the west side Drastic security requirements, NATO is trying to ban the United States from establishing a new base in the former Soviet Republic, saying that new members should not be admitted.

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Tensions reached boiling point on Wednesday when President Vladimir Putin said Russia would take “Appropriate retaliation” Military action in response to what he called the “aggressive stance” of the West.

But he turned down the volume the next day, “Positive” reaction From the US to Russia’s security proposal, and talks, he said next month.

In an interview on Friday, senior Ukrainian security officials told AFP that there was no risk of an imminent Russian invasion.

Kiev has fought pro-Russian separatists in a conflict that claimed the lives of more than 13,000 people shortly after Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014.

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