Ukraine crisis: Russia ‘withdrawing troops from border’, Putin tells Merkel

Putin tells Angela Merkel that he will partially withdraw troops from the Ukrainian border.

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Vladimir Putin informs Angela Merkel of ‘partial withdrawal’ of Russian troops from eastern border of Ukraine as Dmitry Medvedev visits Crimea

Vladimir Putin (pictured), the Russian president, told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that he has ordered a partial withdrawal of troops from the Ukrainian border
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Vladimir Putin, informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that he has ordered a partial withdrawal of troops from the Ukrainian border Photo: Alexey Druzhinin/ Getty

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that he has ordered a partial withdrawal of troops from the Ukrainian border.

During a telephone call the pair agreed to cooperate on possible steps to “restore stability” in Ukraine, and also discussed the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdniestria.

“The Russian president informed the chancellor about the partial withdrawal of Russian troops he ordered from the eastern border of Ukraine,” Ms Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

The move followed claims by Ukraine and the United…

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