Russia to Draw Down Troops on the Kiev and Chernihiv Fronts

Russia announced it will reduce military activity near Kyiv and Chernihiv to facilitate further peace talks.

The head of the Russian delegation Vladimir Medinsky made the troop reduction announcement after meeting with Ukrainian officials in Istanbul.

“In order to increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and achievement of the ultimate goal – the approval and signing of the above agreement – a decision was made to radically, at times, reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions,” confirmed Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Alexander Fomin.

Medinsky added that a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is likely if there is already a concrete agreement between the two nations.

The Ukrainian general staff of the military also said it had observed withdrawals of Russian forces around Kyiv and Chernihiv recently.

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