However, it is not clear if this applies to all of the soldiers who participated in the Russian military mobilization that has significantly increased tensions between Russia and Ukraine in recent times.
On that day, European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell stated that 150,000 Russian soldiers were at the Ukraine border and called for relaxation.
Exercise in the Crimea
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the withdrawal as part of a major military exercise in Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014 in violation of international law. Sojogo describes it as “inspections” in the southern and western military areas have now been completed, so soldiers can return to their bases.
According to Shoujo, the withdrawal should be ready by May 1.
Welcome to downsize
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “tensions will be eased” if Russia’s decision proves correct.
He wrote on Twitter: “Ukraine is always ready, but it welcomes any measure to reduce the military presence and reduce the situation in Donbas. And Ukraine wants peace.”
The outside world watched anxiously as the conflict escalated.
Zelensky has called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to a meeting in the Donbas region of Ukraine, where an armed conflict is raging between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin was aware of the invitation and that the president himself would respond to it if “he deems it necessary.”