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March 24, 2023

Russia says it will withdraw some of its troops from Ukraine border

Move could be sign of de-escalation amid fears of invasion but size of planned withdrawal is unclear

Russia’s defence ministry has announced it is to withdraw some of its troops from the border with Ukraine in a possible de-escalation of the threat of a potential invasion.

The size of the withdrawal remains unclear and may involve only a fraction of Russia’s forces at the Ukrainian border, which western officials estimate at more than 60% of the country’s ground forces.

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