Too much noise for nothing? Moscow withdraws troops from border with Ukraine after military exercise
Following the completion of the military training of the Russian Armed Forces on the border of Eastern Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense announced their withdrawal from the area and described it as a success that "increased the performance and contributed to the field experience of the troops."
Was the attitude of Ukraine and the West hasty when they accused Moscow of gathering troops to annex the Donbask and Luhansk regions, or did Russia intend to do so but withdrew due to international pressure remains a mystery, but the scenarios for a Third World War seem to have lost credibility at the moment.
The fact that Russia gathered 100,000 troops so close to Ukrainian territory raised suspicions that, as in 2014, the Kremlin was preparing for aggression, and it was the Ukrainian authorities who demanded immediate NATO membership to avoid such a scenario. The tense situation in the region has been one of the primary reasons (along with the Navalny case) for why the US increased sanctions on Russia and summoned its ambassador to Moscow, Jake Sullivan, for consultations.