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Moscow announces the end of military maneuvers near Ukraine

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The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that these maneuvers combat training had taken place on several military grounds in the Russian regions of Volgograd, Rostov, Krasnodar, and annexed Crimea, areas in close proximity to Ukraine.

The ministry specifies that exercises have also taken place in Russian territories further from the Ukrainian border, in the regions of Stavoropol, Astrakhan, the North Caucasus, but also in Armenia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

In its press release, the Russian army does not specify in which bases these troops were redeployed.

In order to ensure a high state of alert during the end of year celebrations on the military sites of the South Military District, guard units, reinforcements and forces will be assigned to deal with possible emergency situations., she added.

A response to the West?

For more than a month, Russia has been accused by the West of having massed tens of thousands of soldiers near the Ukrainian border, with a view to a possible military intervention against Kiev.

Moscow denies any bellicose intentions and claims to be threatened by Provocation from Kiev andNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization, and demands that the Alliance undertake not to expand into ex-Soviet Union. These demands are to be addressed in Russian-US negotiations in January.

Relations between Kiev and Moscow have already been very strained since Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula and the start of a war between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists in the east.

In an interview on Friday with theFrance Media AgencyUkraine’s National Security Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov, however, downplayed the risk of an imminent escalation.

According to him, the number of Russian troops around Ukraine has increased only slightly, from 93,000 in October to around 104,000 today.

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