Putin orders troops back from Ukraine border

2014-10-12 09:03
A column of Ukrainian military trucks are seen stationed in front of destroyed houses in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, in the Donetsk region. (Anatolii Boiko, AFP)

A column of Ukrainian military trucks are seen stationed in front of destroyed houses in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, in the Donetsk region. (Anatolii Boiko, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to withdraw to their permanent bases after military exercises in Rostov region near the border with Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported late on Saturday, citing Kremlin spokesperson.

The troops' pullout came before an expected meeting between Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Milan next week.

The Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, said that the Russian president had met his defence minister, Sergei Shoigu.

"The minister had reported to the Supreme Commander about the completion of summer period of training on shooting ranges of the southern military district," Peskov said according to RIA Novosti news agency.

"After the report, Putin ordered to launch the return of the troops to their permanent bases... In total, these are 17 600 military servicemen who were trained on the shooting ranges of Rostov region in summer," Peskov said.

Relations between Moscow and the Nato alliance are at a post-Cold War low over Russia's actions in Ukraine, where it annexed the Crimean peninsula in March and has been supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

A month ago, Nato said Russia had several thousand combat troops and hundreds of tanks and armoured vehicles in eastern Ukraine supporting pro-Russian separatists fighting the Ukrainian army.

Russia denies the charges but says it has a right to defend the interests of the region's Russian-speaking majority.

The alliance said in the end of September it had observed a significant pullback of Russian conventional forces from inside Ukraine since an uneasy ceasefire began on 5 September.

The Kremlin has said Putin and Poroshenko may hold talks on the sidelines of a summit of Asian and European leaders in Milan from 16 to 17 October.

Read more on:    vladimir putin  |  russia  |  ukraine  |  security

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.