Russia relocates bombers from Crimea to reserve air bases for training exercises

Feb 18, 2022: Russia transferred 10 Sukhoi Su-24 bombers from the annexed Crimean peninsula to other air bases as part of training exercises, the Interfax news agency cited the Black Sea Fleet as saying on Friday.

Russia’s military movement is being closely monitored after Moscow said it had begun withdrawing some troops from areas near Ukraine. Kyiv and the West disagreed, claiming that some units and equipment had been replaced by others.

Earlier today, several Russian mechanised infantry units have returned to their bases in the regions of Dagestan and Chechnya after completing drills in Crimea, the Interfax news agency cited Russia’s defence ministry as saying. Later, Russia says it is withdrawing more tanks, hardware from near Ukraine

Meanwhile, in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian military has recorded 60 ceasefire violations by pro-Russian separatists over the past 24 hours on Friday, with one soldier injured.

Incidents of shelling across the line dividing government forces and separatists increased sharply on Thursday in what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called a “big provocation.”

Yesterday, Russia reaffirmed its demand for the U.S. and its allies to keep Ukraine out of NATO but held the door open for talks on a range of security issues even as it expelled the second-highest U.S. diplomat in Moscow.

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