May 20, 2014
By Michael Kramer
Still no signs that Russia is withdrawing its troops from the Ukraine border – according to the Pentagon.
But Moscow claims that the order to pull out has been given.
U.S. Rear Admiral John Kirby is the Pentagon press secretary.
He says there have been small numbers of Russian troops moving back and forth to forward operating bases – that have been established near the Ukraine border.
But Kirby says the U.S. has seen no movement of Russian troops back to their home bases, and there are still tens of thousands along the border.
Russia’s Defence Ministry has said army units were dismantling camps in the border region and preparing to move out of the area.
NATO estimates that Russia has 40,000 troops along the border.
If the withdrawal activity is confirmed, it would ease fears that the Kremlin was positioned to invade eastern Ukraine.