Russia Withdraw Troops From Ukraine Border
It was announced on 22nd April 2021, Thursday, by Russia, that the troops had been ordered to come back to the base from the area near the Ukraine border, which apparently call
ed an end to a build-up of a huge mass of soldiers that had alarmed the West.
This resulted in the sharp rise in the currencies of both Russia and Ukraine, signaling relief among all the investors, few hours after the Russia Ukraine war 2021 games were ended by Russia in Crimea, the peninsula occupied and annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Western countries are likely to welcome the confirmed pull out of the troops brought in on top of the permanent contingent as they have been expressing alarms at the prospect of further Russian intervention in Eastern Ukraine.
The spokeswoman of the president of Ukraine said that this month Russia had deployed more than 40,000 troops on Ukraine’s eastern border and over 40,000 in Crimea. She said that approximately 50,000 of them were new deployments and Moscow has not provided any troop numbers.
It was said by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a tweet that Ukraine welcomes any steps to decrease the military presence & de-escalate the situation in Donbas, and also added- “Grateful to international partners for their support”.
The troop build-up near the borders of Ukraine served as the major issue that has raised tensions between Russia and the Western countries.
Putin said that “the troops” are now in places of regular exercises at training grounds but the NATO and US said that they have not seen any significant changes to the positioning of Russian troops along the border speaking after a meeting with Poland’s Foreign Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, his call for Russia to scale back troops from Ukraine border to create a base for a political solution to the conflict.
Why is Russia at war with Ukraine?
Would we be witnessing a Russia Ukraine war 2021? Well, the relations between Russia and Ukraine are certainly hostile now but that’s not an all-out war. There have been sporadic clashes on the front line as observed in the recent past. Russian troops have been intervening in the conflicts in several areas of the former Soviet Union since the collapse of communism in 1991. Just after the annexation of Crimea in April 2014, the pro-Russian separatists had seized a large area of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
In 2014 Russia made a plan to split Ukraine and create a separate entity called “Novorossiya” (New Russia) which was foiled by Ukraine’s armed forces.
Donbas, which is the conflict zone, contains mainly Russian-speaking people and many of its residents have Russian passports as well. Putin said that Russia will defend Russian citizens abroad if they were seen to be at risk.
A large-scale combat was observed in 2014 before a ceasefire in 2015.
Since then, there have been some prisoner exchanges. Approximately 13,000 people were killed in the conflict. It was said by Ukraine that 26 of its troops died in Donbas so far, compared to 50 in 2020.
What is Russia exactly doing?
Russia told all along that the activities performed were not more than military exercises but it is very well known by Moscow that its troop movements close to Ukraine and its annexed area in Crimea were making a whole lot of people in Europe, Ukraine, and America nervous and mainly that was the point.
By using the build-up of troops, Moscow had been sending a signal to Kyiv, Brussels and, especially, to Washington that Russia is a force to be deemed with.
US President Joe Biden took notice of this and last week, he talked to President Putin on call and proposed a summit. Also, he imposed a new round of sanctions over Russia’s “malign activity” but they were perceived as not so particularly tough inside Russia.
The reduction in tension does not mean the end of tension. It has been made clear by the defense Minister of Russia that Russia is taking measures in response to the threats it is experiencing from NATO.
As an example, Moscow is planned to block areas of the Black Sea to foreign shipping for six months.
Addressing the state of the nation on Wednesday, President Putin has warned the Western countries against “crossing a red line”. Also, while speaking to the reporters after ordering the troops to return, he said that they are ready to welcome Ukrainian president any time that is convenient for him but in Moscow itself and stressed that if Mr.Zelensky has to discuss regarding the eastern Ukraine, so first he should meet the leaders.
The conflict arose in eastern Ukraine when the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine took place. Large areas of Donetsk and Luhansk were captured by the Russian troops and were declared as people’s republics by them.
Ukrainian forces said that there was a deliberate violation of the ceasefire in which one of their soldiers was fatally wounded in shelling on Thursday and hence it is observed that there have been a number of breaches of ceasefire in recent weeks in the eastern parts. Approximately 14,000 people had been dead since the conflict began..
As of today, it is being understood that Russia is continuing to illegally occupy the Autonomous Republic of Crimea of Ukraine. The Sevastopol city and some parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, approximately 72% of the Ukrainian territory.
While the soldiers were at their hillside battle position, they described that they heard the sounds of separatist drones and said that those drones carried landmines that were dropped a mile behind the line. They also described that sniper fire increased from the other side and they could completely see the separatists digging new trenches. “ Ukraine or Death” was the message that was written there on their shoulder patches.
The recent troop build-up activity of Russia on the eastern borders with Ukraine and Crimea has set the international community on high alert. The recent intensifications in the security situations serve as an important reminder that the conflict is far from over, given the strategic importance of Ukraine to Russia.