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Earlier this week, the Kremlin announced that it would withdraw their troops around the capital and northern cities – a declaration greeted with skepticism by the West. Russia’s deputy defense minister, Alexander Fomin, said Moscow would halt operations in cities to “enhance mutual trust” during peace talks with Ukraine.

But Western officials have been hesitant to believe Moscow’s promises, with one commenting that it “seems more of a tactical exercise” to regroup and relaunch new attacks.

They added: “There is nothing we have seen so far to show us that President Putin and his colleagues are very serious.”

This sentiment was echoed by the Minister of Defense on a visit to Norway, who rejected the idea of ​​a military withdrawal by the Kremlin.

He said: “Russia must have thought we were born yesterday.

“Putin wants to destroy Ukraine, that’s what he said.”

He told The Sun: “I think Russia is looking for a way out but they are trying to package their position of weakness as a position of strength.


Russia by actions, not words, because there is a huge gulf between the two.”

The Pentagon detailed that “some minor movements” had been detected moving away from the capital, but they called this a “repositioning – not a withdrawal”.

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A statement from the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces denounced the move as misleading, saying Russia’s withdrawal “may be a rotation of individual units”.

Sergei Shoigu, Fomin’s superior, added that although Russian troops would withdraw from Kyiv and Chernihiv, the same would not apply to the more eastern cities.


Kremlin’s defense minister said troops would focus their efforts on the “liberation” of the eastern Donbas region.

Channeling Russia’s efforts back into the Donetsk and Luhansk regions is a “tactical acknowledgment” that the Russian military is struggling to defend on several offensive fronts, the British Ministry of Defense said.

He added that Russia’s “already strained logistics” could not withstand heavy losses, or units returning to Russia or Belarus.

This came as a new round of peace talks was underway in Istanbul on Monday evening.

The head of Russia’s negotiating cohort, Vladimir Medinsky, said that Vladimir Putin would meet with Zelensky if the foreign ministers of the two countries could strike a peace deal.

He added that Russia’s withdrawal from around Kyiv and Chernihiv did not mean a ceasefire.