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Putin orders troops back to bases after drills in regions bordering Ukraine (VIDEO)

Published time: May 19, 2014 09:52
Edited time: May 19, 2014 19:25

RIA Novosti / Kirill Braga

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​Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to send troops back to bases from drills they were having in the southwestern regions of Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk, on the border with Ukraine.

“As the planned spring stage of the drills, which included redeployment of the troops to training areas in Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions, has come to an end, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to send troops back to their permanent bases and to go on with their military exercises at training areas nearby,” the Kremlin’s press service said.

In the same statement, Moscow called on Kiev to cease violence in southeastern Ukraine, immediately.

“Russia calls for the immediate cancellation of the punitive operation and violent actions, on troop withdrawal and finding a peaceful solution to all the problems,” the statement reads, adding that President Putin would welcome meetings between the government in Kiev and supporters of federalization.

Sporadic military clashes between Ukrainian troops and self-defense forces have been reported throughout the weekend in the towns of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region – two hotspots of the ongoing military operation conducted by Kiev to suppress anti-government forces there.

The gunfire is a fabric of daily life now in Slavyansk, but this is the heaviest fighting I’ve heard in Slavyansk since I got here over a month ago,” said freelance journalist Graham Phillips, who is reporting for RT from southeastern Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions held referendums on May 11, where the majority of voters supported self-rule. Now the breakaway regions are rejecting the idea of participating in the Ukrainian presidential elections on May 25.

On Sunday, two Russian LifeNews journalists were detained near the town of Kramatorsk, presumably by the Ukrainian military.

News Media Holding, which owns LifeNews, has appealed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, asking him to help with the release of the journalists. Moscow has condemned the detention and asked the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for assistance in releasing the journalists.

Comments (189)


DicyMouse 21.05.2014 13:28

David Colin Leach 20.05.2014 01:39

Putin should withdraw all Russian troop to Moscow. Also line all the Tanks up in a field and let NATO fly over to see them. also Russia should refrain from carrying out naval exercises with China, it is not helpful and reckless.


You need to live in reality not your fantasy world. Dont stop taking pills.


DicyMouse 21.05.2014 13:23

David Colin Leach 20.05.2014 02:09

Putin is a desperate man. Trying his best to appease the United States and NATO. Their position is clear, vacate the Crimea or we will carry on with sanctions. Next will be harsh sectorial sanctions on energy. China might yet get nothing in the way off energy. China needs to be very careful because the United States can make life difficult in the South China Sea.


LOL, Russia and China just signed the contract. USA and EU can suck it.


DicyMouse 21.05.2014 13:20

ME & you 20.05.2014 12:32

3rd time this liar say same thing!
we are retreating... and then some astelitte picture comes and shows what putin is!
a liar, a dictator and fascist nazi!
yes! nazis and fascists do what russia is doing! sending army to other contrys, stealing lands from other countrys!
and you call nazi and fascists to kiev! lollololollo
do you people know what is a nazi or a fascist?
if you do know... you also know what you people did in crimea was what hitler did in europe! ;)


then america fits the nazi title.

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