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Russian army gets ready for withdrawal

By Associated Press in Moscow ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-05-21 07:10:06

Russia's Defense Ministry said on Monday its military units close to the border with Ukraine have started dismantling their camps in preparation for returning to their permanent bases, in line with an order from President Vladimir Putin.

A day after Putin issued a pullout order in an apparent bid to ease tensions with the West over Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said that its forces in the Bryansk, Belgorod and Rostov regions were preparing for the journey to their home bases.

However, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu challenged the Russians "to prove that they are doing what they are saying."

Russian army gets ready for withdrawal

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