Experts to search for lost Progress spacecraft’s fragments in SiberiaScience & Space December 06, 23:57
Russian opera prima donna nominated for Grammy 2017 awardSociety & Culture December 06, 23:46
Russian pediatrician wounded in Aleppo flown to MoscowWorld December 06, 23:35
Putin looks forward to overcoming negative trends in turnover with TurkeyBusiness & Economy December 06, 21:20
Red Cross to continue humanitarian operations in Aleppo — spokespersonWorld December 06, 21:09
Russia proposes UN to be venue for discussing world’s controversial anti-doping systemSport December 06, 21:04
Dialogue on Germany’s initiative for armed control depends on NATO — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 06, 20:57
Mikhail Saakashvili says he seeks to change Ukraine’s political classWorld December 06, 20:46
Defense minister promises 2017 World Military Games in Sochi to be held 'at highest level'Military & Defense December 06, 20:37
The return of the Russian troops to their permanent bases was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, but NATO and Pentagon later stated they saw no sign of the military units’ pullback.
“All military units and detachments, which held planned drills on remote fire ranges, will return to the bases of their permanent deployment by the beginning of the summer exercise period (June 1),” the ministry said.
Russia unfolded large-scale military exercises in the Rostov, Belgorod, and Bryansk regions in late April as Kiev launched a military operation against the country’s Russian-speaking south-eastern regions, which refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities and declared independence.
Massive protests against the new Ukrainian authorities, who were propelled to power in Kiev amid riots during a coup in the country in February, erupted in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking south-eastern territories after the secession of the Crimean Peninsula, which declared independence on March 11 and joined Russia on March 18 following a referendum.
Kiev has been conducting a punitive operation against pro-federalization activists in south-eastern regions of Ukraine, although the authorities call it an anti-terrorism operation.