Russia returns troops, Putin asks at what time the war begins

MOSCOW, ($1=75.63 Russian Rubles) — Russia is returning some of its troops stationed along the Russian-Ukrainian border, the Russian Defense Ministry said on February 15th. According to a press release, Russian troops have completed large-scale military exercises in the area and it is time to return to their bases.

Russia returns troops, Putin asks at what time the war begins
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The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced that the troops will be returned to their bases military units of the Western and Southern military districts. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation says that these units have already started tasks of loading personnel and equipment back on rail vehicles and road freight vehicles. Download starts today.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov gave a press conference to reporters, saying: “Sometimes President Vladimir Putin jokes about the US and its Western allies about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and” asks us to check if they have published the exact time when the war will begin.” Dmitry Peskov also said that for the Russians “it is impossible to understand the madness of this manic information on the part of the Americans.”

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Despite reports from Russia about the withdrawal of Russian troops from the border, Ukraine continues to be left by locals and foreigners. ‘Will it happen? Only Putin knows:’ sum up people at Kyiv airport. Both tourists and nationals check-in at Kyiv airport as they fear for their safety with the standoff between Russia and the West continuing over Ukraine.

Germany calls on Russia to withdraw its troops around Ukraine. “The situation is particularly dangerous,” said Foreign Minister Baerbock. “The responsibility for de-escalation is clearly with Russia.” The meeting between German Chancellor Scholz and Russian President Putin began, with Putin reiterating that “of course, Russia does not want war” and adding: “Scholz has just said that the people of his and my generation have difficulty imagining some kind of war in Europe. This is said about the situation around Ukraine. But you and I witnessed the war in Europe unleashed by the NATO bloc against Yugoslavia.”

Ukraine’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that the country’s joint diplomatic efforts with Western allies had managed to deter a feared Russian invasion, and that “diplomacy is continuing to work.”

At the same time, however, the British tabloid The Sun made a bold statement on its official Twitter account, declaring that according to “US intelligence claims Russia set to invade Ukraine at 1AM tomorrow with massive missile blitz and 200,000 troops”

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