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June 23, 2021

U.S. sees signs of Russian move from Ukraine border, source says

The United States has seen the first preliminary signs that Russian forces may be preparing to move away from the border with Ukraine, a U.S. defense official told CNN. “There is some evidence of preparations for potential movement,” the official said. “At a few locations there is evidence of troops packing up, but nothing has moved yet.” The official declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information. The official also declined to specify the locations and emphasized actual movement has not yet occurred.
This latest assessment comes days after Russia formally announced it had ordered its troops off the border. The United States has estimated 40,000 troops on the border for the last several months. Ever since the latest announcement, the United States was watching for signs of movement to show up in satellite imagery from the area. According to rt.com the troops, which had been deployed to the Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk Regions “have completed the dismantling of field camps and training equipment, the loading of the material and preparation of the hardware for the march, and are now commencing the movement to railway stations and airstrips,” the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday in a statement.

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