NATO Views 'Limited Movement' by Russian Troops on Ukraine's Border

NATO Views 'Limited Movement' by Russian Troops on Ukraine's Border

NATO reports there might be movement by Russian troops on Ukraine’s border, four days after Russian President Vladimir Putin issued his third order to withdraw forces.

Despite the movement, NATO said there are still too many forces on the border.

“The force that remains on the border is very large and it’s very capable and remains in a very coercive posture,” U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told a news conference.

Russia moved troops to Ukraine’s border in mid-March and in response, Ukraine’s interim President Oleksandr Turchynov formed a National Guard with 60,000 people. NATO told Putin to pull back the forces, but Moscow insisted they were in compliance with international laws. Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but NATO countries, such as Poland and the Balkan States, that border Ukraine and Russia are concerned Putin may target them next.

This was Putin’s third order and the second in May to pull back forces from Ukraine’s borders. He issued his second order on May 7, but NATO released two satellite images five days later that proved Putin did not keep his word.  

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