Russia announces withdrawal of a battalion from Ukrainian border

By Will Englund, Karen DeYoung, March 31, 2014

MOSCOW — The Russian Defense Ministry said Monday that a motorized infantry battalion is returning home after taking part in military exercises along the Ukrainian border.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone call that he had ordered a “partial withdrawal” of troops, according to Merkel’s office. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also informed Secretary of State John F. Kerry of the withdrawal.

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