Russia shares video of troops leaving, announces ‘end of military drills’ in Crimea

A deployment of NATO forces. [Photo: Twitter/NATO. int]

Defence Ministry of Russia on Wednesday announced the end of Crimea military drills, international news agency AFP reported.

The Ministry shared a video of Russian military equipment and forces leaving Crimea.

The move comes after Moscow said Tuesday that some of its troops are returning to home bases, indicating cooling of tensions regarding the Ukraine issue.

Earlier, the United States warned that a Russian invasion of Ukraine remained a distinct possibility. US President Joe Biden, in a televised address, said that reports of pullback of troops are unverified and revised the number of Russian troops encircling Ukraine from 1,00,000 to 1,50,000.

Meanwhile, a series of cyber attacks Tuesday knocked the websites of the Ukrainian army, the defense ministry and major banks offline, reports said.

At least 10 Ukrainian websites were unreachable due to the attacks, including the defense, foreign and culture ministries and Ukraine’s two largest state banks.

Quoting a European diplomat, a report by news agency Reuters said that cyber attacks were a longstanding component of Russian strategy, and had been used by Moscow in past military confrontations with Georgia and Ukraine.

“It’s part of their playbook,” the report quoted the official as saying.


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