Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu instructed the commanders to begin withdrawing troops from April 23, which had accumulated near the borders with Ukraine and in the occupied Crimea.
This was reported by Russian RBC, RIA Novosti and TASS.
According to media reports, Sergei Shoigu instructed the General Staff and commanders to begin the return of troops from the Southern and Western military districts to permanent locations on Friday, April 23, as the exercises end.
The Minister of Defense stated that all the set goals of the exercises have been achieved.
“I believe that the goals of the surprise inspection have been fully achieved. The troops have demonstrated the ability to provide a reliable defense of the country. In this regard, I have decided to complete inspections in the Southern and Western military districts, "he said.
We will remind, last weeks Russia pulls the troops to the Ukrainian border, calling it "planned exercises". At the same time, the White House says that since 2014 - this is the largest military presence of the Russian army at the Ukrainian border.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky believes that by escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, Russia is testing the West and trying to intimidate it.