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Putin troop order signals Russia won't interfere in Ukraine election
Putin troop order signals Russia won't interfere in Ukraine election

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered his troops to pull back from the border with Ukraine after weeks of military exercises, another signal that the Kremlin is trying to avoid overtly undermining its neighbor's Sunday presidential election and risking further sanctions from Western countries. Ahead of his departure for a summit in China, Putin issued an order declaring "planned spring exercises" completed and said the troops would return to their normal bases from the Russian border regions of Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk. Kremlin officials had said two weeks ago that Russian forces were being withdrawn from the 1,000-mile frontier with Ukraine in response to...

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