The Russian Military of Defence has said some military units are returning back to their bases after carrying out planned training exercises.
A number of troops on Ukraine border have started to head back to their bases on Tuesday and the Russian Foreign Ministry said the West has been “humiliated” as they have warned of an invasion into Ukraine.
There are still tens of thousands of Russian troops on Ukraine border who are still carrying out military drills on land and Sea, Moscow confirmed.
Major General Igor Konashenkov, chief spokesman for the Russian MoD, said, “As the combat training measures are completed, the troops, as always, will return to their points of permanent deployment.
“The units of the Southern and Western military districts, having completed their tasks, have already begun loading onto rail and road transport and will begin moving to their military garrisons today.
“Separate units will return on their own as part of military columns.”
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, “15 February, 2022, will go down in history as the day Western war propaganda failed.
“Humiliated and destroyed without a single shot fired.”
The British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said words are easy and Russia needs to “move troops away” Ukraine border.
Truss told Sky News, “The only thing I’ll believe is when they move the troops away from the border, words are easy. What they need to do is move the troops away from the border.”
Truss has urged the Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back all his troops as she believes that a military invasion is “imminent.”
On Monday Putin deployed “tactical bombers” to airfields very close to Ukraine border as “helicopters” are “taking up forward staging” near to the border which now suggests an invasion is now “imminent.”
The Times’ Defence Editor, Larisa Brown has reported that Russia is now thought to have 100 battalion tactical groups near Ukraine’s border, this is up from 83 last week.
She warned that this is enough troops to “mount large scale military operations.”
Truss said, “If we saw an invasion into Ukraine, there would be severe costs in terms of a long-running conflict, we could see the undermining of security more broadly in Europe and could see other aggressors around the world see it as an opportunity to expand their ambitions too.
“This is a very dangerous moment for the world.”
“The big risk, of course, is if there is an invasion into Ukraine that will be hugely damaging for Russia and Ukraine. And it will further undermine the stability of Europe,” she added.
“This, I fear, would not stop at Ukraine. This is an attack on the neighbouring states of Russia and other east European countries in trying to undermine legitimacy of them being part of NATO.”
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