The showdown with the Ukraine is winding down…..
It is Europe and Putin’s hope that NO MORE sanctions are leveled against the Russian’s…
And no shots where fired against the Russian’s from the West….
Russia has begun pulling most of its roughly 40,000 troops away from its border with Ukraine, a move that U.S. and NATO officials called encouraging.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the movement of soldiers and equipment was promising but added that all of the Russian troops shifted to the area since March needed to be withdrawn.
This week’s troop movement was taken as a concrete sign that Moscow is de-escalating its confrontation with Ukraine, which began with the overthrow of pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovich in February and continued through recent separatist uprisings in Ukraine’s east.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the pullback Monday, saying the troops had concluded what he labeled military exercises. But with fighting in Ukraine between pro-Russia separatists and government troops continuing, U.S. officials are holding off on declaring the crisis over.
“We do know that thousands of Russian troops have been pulled back and are moving away, but we also know that there are still thousands of Russian troops still there that have not yet moved,” Hagel told reporters traveling with him to a defense conference in Singapore on Thursday.
A U.S. Defense official said there were indications from satellite imagery and other intelligence sources that Russian forces were packing up and leaving in large numbers…..Share on Facebook