President Zelensky: Ukraine Welcomes Withdrawal of Russian Troops But Remains Vigilant

Soldats Russia in Donbas

Ukraine welcomes the withdrawal of Russian troops from its border and is grateful to international partners for their support, President Volodymyr Zelensky posted on his Twitter account, responding to an order of the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation.

“The reduction of troops on our border proportionally reduces tension. Ukraine is always vigilant, yet welcomes any steps to decrease the military presence and de-escalate the situation in Donbas. Ukraine seeks peace. Grateful to international partners for their support,” the report reads.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine noted that they are monitoring this situation. In addition, according to Spokesman for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Oleg Nikolenko, Russia’s statements about the alleged proclamation of a “general mobilisation” in Ukraine are misinformation.

“The only country in the world that accuses Ukraine of ‘aggressive militaristic plans’ is the Russian Federation. Against the background of Russia’s escalating security situation, our state has received unprecedented international support. Foreign partners praised the wise and balanced position of the Ukrainian leadership. From the very beginning, the Ukrainian side has clearly stated that it will not succumb to Russian provocations and will remain committed to a political and diplomatic settlement of the armed conflict with Russia. The statements by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation about the announcement of a ‘general mobilisation’ in Ukraine are another example of misinformation,” the diplomat said.

As a reminder, on Thursday, 22 April, Minister of Defence of Russia Sergei Shoigu ordered commanders from 23 April to begin the withdrawal of troops, which have recently been moved to Ukraine’s borders and occupied Crimea.

Bohdan Marusyak

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