Russia is restoring some troops on the eastern border of Crimea and Ukraine. Defense Minister Shoygoe said they are returning to the base but will leave heavy weapons for military exercises later this year.
In recent years, as Russia has greatly increased its military presence in the region, tensions in the region have increased. According to Western sources, there are now more than 100,000 soldiers.EU Foreign Minister Borrell Warning this week The “spark” may escalate the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
NATO stated that since 2014, it has had the largest increase in its troops, when Russia annexed Crimea, and after separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine declared independence, war broke out in eastern Ukraine. Today, dozens of Russian warships, aircraft and thousands of soldiers participated in the exercise in Crimea.
There is an official truce in eastern Ukraine, but in fact fighting often breaks out.
Follow the graphic below to see a brief summary of how the conflict occurred and what happened after that:
Minister Shoygoe took a helicopter to watch the military exercise in Crimea earlier in the day. He said that he thought the exercise was completed. “The troops have shown that they can defend the country. I decided to end the exercises in the southern and western military districts.” The weapons remain in the Voronezh region, about 160 kilometers from the border with Ukraine.
The Russian Ministry of Defense released pictures of a large-scale exercise in Crimea:
Ukrainian President Zelensky welcomed the Russian decision. “Reducing our border troops will correspondingly reduce tensions.” Zelensky added that Ukraine is still on alert.
Last week, Moscow announced that large areas of the Black Sea around Crimea would be barred from foreign warships. The Kerch Strait near Crimea will remain closed. These announcements led the West to take countermeasures.
The United States announced that it had notified Turkey of the arrival of two warships. The two warships would sail to the Black Sea through the Bosphorus, but the plan was shelved. It is said that Britain has also planned to send warships to the area.
Zelensky welcomes to Moscow
Zelensky invites Russian President Putin this week Invited to be interviewed in the Eastern Donbass area where the fighting took place A Kremlin spokesperson said today that Putin will provide answers when he sees fit. Soon thereafter, Putin announced that he would welcome Zelensky in Moscow whenever it suits him.
Now, NATO countries have promised to conduct a large-scale military exercise with the Ukrainian army this summer, making Zelensky more determined. For Russia, the friendly relations between Ukraine and NATO are extremely sensitive. Just last week, Moscow warned that Ukraine’s entry into the military alliance would greatly increase tensions and lead to “irreversible consequences for Ukrainian sovereignty”. By the way, there is no commitment to join, but the country is considered a “special partner” of NATO, which was confirmed in a statement this week. It was approved.