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Russia Claims Ukraine Troops Withdrawal

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May 19, 2014 AT 5:09 AM
The Kremlin said in a statement Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops near Ukraine's border taking part in military exercises to return to their permanent bases, although NATO said so far it has seen no evidence of withdrawing troops. Moscow has made similar statements before, leading NATO, Brussels and Washington to dispute that any withdrawals had taken place. NATO's top official Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: "We haven't seen any evidence of Russian withdrawal of troops and I regret that." Russia has about 40,000 troops deployed near the border with Ukraine.