Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has given his first reaction to the news about the withdrawal of Russian troops from the border.
This information has been given in a recent BBC report.
Speaking to the BBC at a military training center in western Ukraine, Zelensky said, “To be honest, we will react by looking at the situation in front of us and we do not see any kind of return so far. We have only heard about it.”
He said that he feels that the common people will expect that there will be de-escalation. According to the BBC report, the President said, ‘As far as the danger is concerned, I have said many times that we are exercising restraint in any kind of danger, because we remember that it did not all start yesterday. This has been going on for the past several years’.
Simultaneously, Zelensky has said that when the troops retreat, it will be visible to all, not only the troops or reconnaissance aircraft sent to see it, but for now these are just statements.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that no de-escalation had been observed on the ground so far after Russia withdrew some of its troops from the Russia-Ukraine borders. On the contrary, it appears that Russia is continuing to build up the military, he said. “We have not seen any withdrawal of Russian forces and this is contrary to the message of diplomatic efforts from Moscow,” he said.