- Russia seems to be withdrawing its troops close to Kyiv, though Ukraine mentioned it would simply be rotating its models.
- Ukraine’s navy mentioned on Tuesday that the scaleback can be possible a ploy to throw off Kyiv’s defenders.
- The White House and Pentagon have additionally expressed doubt about Russia’s withdrawal claims.
Ukraine’s navy has warned that the obvious withdrawal of Russian forces from the northern cities of Kyiv and Chernihiv is probably going only a rotation of troops that “aims to mislead” Ukrainian forces.
“According to some indications, the Russian enemy is regrouping units to focus its main efforts on the East,” mentioned the final workers of the Ukrainian armed forces in a Facebook put up on Tuesday night.
“At the same time, the so-called ‘withdrawal of troops’ is probably a rotation of individual units and aims to mislead the military leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and create a misconception about the occupiers’ refusal to plan to encircle the city of Kyiv,” the put up continued.
Moscow declared on Tuesday that it could “drastically reduce” its assaults close to Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and Chernihiv, the nation’s northernmost metropolis.
Earlier within the day, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin mentioned his nation’s navy pullback aimed to “increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and achieving the ultimate goal of agreeing on the signing of the above [peace] agreement.”
Fomin made the announcement following the fourth spherical of ceasefire talks held between Ukraine and Russia in Istanbul, Turkey, on the identical day.
The Pentagon has additionally expressed doubt towards Russia’s withdrawal claims and known as the troop actions a “repositioning” as a substitute.
“We’re seeing a small number now that appears to be moving away from Kyiv, this on the same day that the Russians say they’re withdrawing,” mentioned Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, per Agence France-Presse.
“But we’re not prepared to call this a retreat or even a withdrawal,” he mentioned. “We think that what they probably have in mind is a repositioning to prioritize elsewhere.”
“We all should be prepared to watch for a major offensive against other areas of Ukraine. It does not mean that the threat to Kyiv is over,” Kirby added, per the outlet.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden advised reporters on Tuesday: “We’ll see. I don’t read anything into it until I see what their actions are. We’ll see if they follow through on what they’re suggesting.”
A related sentiment was expressed by White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, who mentioned that “no one should be fooled by Russia’s announcements.”
It has been 34 days since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. According to the United Nation’s newest tally, not less than 1,179 Ukrainian civilians have been killed within the battle, whereas 1,860 have been injured. However, the UN famous that the precise casualty figures are possible far larger.