February 16, 2022
At the moment, we have not seen any withdrawal of Russian forces.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on reports of Russia pulling back troops near the Ukrainian border.
- The Russian Defense Ministry released video purportedly showing the movement of forces away from certain disputed territory in Ukraine – a sign of potential withdrawal.
- Estimates: Russia has reportedly put an estimated 150,000 forces near Ukraine (as well as Belarus to the north).
- Why It Matters: Russia claims to be pulling back some military forces – but both the Ukrainian president and the president of NATO do not report seeing this in action.
by Jenna Lee,