Russia has withdrawn most troops from Ukraine border: U.S. official

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Hahahappy wrote:

Umm this is Russian soil, they can put their troops wherever they want and leave them there as long as they want.

May 30, 2014 7:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
tatania wrote:

I wish that the us has a great relief after the news. exhale Mr. Obama. stupid russians not crossed the border. you can continue the bombardment of Ukraine

May 30, 2014 7:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrpardinas wrote:

…Ukrainian forces would press ahead with a military offensive against rebels in the east…

And the Russians in the east will be obliged to kill them as they try.

May 30, 2014 8:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
boreal wrote:

US/NATO tells Russians where they have to move their troops. OK. Not to be a one-sided affair, can Russia reciprocate the favor and very democratically tell where US/NATO troops should move too?

May 30, 2014 9:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
summarex wrote:

What total cowardice.
Putin doesn’t even stand up for his own Russians.

May 30, 2014 9:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:

One can guess that seizing an airport and terminal buildings is a bit of a set piece exercise for airborne/paratroops. So maybe the Donetsk airport battle was a dumb idea by over enthusiastic local separatists.
But knowing the movements of Kiev generals and having the right crew with the right weapons in the right place at the right time seems rather more “professional”.
No end in sight. Who pays ?

May 30, 2014 9:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
QuidProQuo wrote:

Seems to me things only got bloody and ugly when the kiev government decided that they were going to move into Eastern Ukraine with sloppy military moves. Up to that point, things were relatively peaceful. Pro Russian folks may have been annoying and unsettling to many, but they didn’t really go in with guns a blazin hoping to kill other Ukranians along the way. Kiev government now has opened a nasty can of worms. Time will tell

May 30, 2014 9:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
birder wrote:

They most likely were not withdrawn. They are fighting in Ukraine as separatists. Hagel is clueless as usual.

May 30, 2014 10:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
yurakm wrote:

For long time it was impossible to understand from what the high estimate of 40,000 Russian troops was derived. Recently the head of Ukrainian border guards explained that the numbers. According to him, about 18,000 to 20,000 thousands were near the region where the Ukrainian government is fighting rebels, while other are in Crimea.

The Crimea military includes Russian Navy, that was stationed there since at least 1944. The more funny thing with the Crimea troops is that almost the half of them used to be Ukrainian troops – until 3/4 of them changed sides and enlisted in Russian military forces.

May 30, 2014 10:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
yurakm wrote:

jrpardinas wrote:

… the Russians in the east will be obliged to kill them …

Nothing to celebrate. It is a fratricide.

Most of the Ukrainian troops, other than volunteers from National Guard, are just young kids forcibly drafted into the army.

May 30, 2014 3:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CanRus wrote:

@Hahahappy & @boreal
In theory I agree. But how do you think Putin and Lavrov would react if NATO stationed a battle-ready invasion force of many thousands right next to the Russian border? I think they would be screaming to have them moved away or face dire consequences. Intimidation is part of the Soviet/KGB playbook. Putin uses it all the time.

summarex wrote:
“What total cowardice.
Putin doesn’t even stand up for his own Russians.”
Which Russians are you talking about? The truckloads of Russian terrorists he’s sending to Ukraine? He can’t protect them – not officially, at least. He’s denied several times that there are ANY Russian citizens trying to overthrow the Ukrainian government. They’re on their own. He’ll gladly let the Ukrainian troops slaughter his pawns once they’re no longer useful in his power-grab games.

QuidProQuo wrote:
“Seems to me things only got bloody and ugly when the kiev government decided that they were going to move into Eastern Ukraine with sloppy military moves. Up to that point, things were relatively peaceful. Pro Russian folks may have been annoying and unsettling to many, but they didn’t really go in with guns a blazin…”
Interesting, since it’s exactly what happened. Or are you claiming that the hundreds of heavily armed “protesters” who shot their way into government buildings and police stations well before the anti-terrorist operation began were a figment of everyone’s imagination? Try telling that to the residents of Eastern Ukraine.

@yurakm
Who cares which part of the Ukrainian border the Russian troops are next to. What counts is that they’re there and intimidating.

May 31, 2014 8:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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