Russia still has troops in Ukraine, NATO says

Russia still has some troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal, NATO`s top military commander said on Friday.

Reuters| Last Updated: Oct 24, 2014, 15:39 PM IST

Mons (Belgium): Russia still has some troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal, NATO`s top military commander said on Friday.

"We`ve seen a pretty good withdrawal of the Russian forces from inside Ukraine but, make no mistake, there remain Russian forces inside eastern Ukraine," US Air Force General Philip Breedlove told reporters at NATO`s military headquarters near Mons in Belgium.

Some Russian troops stationed near the Ukraine border had left and some others appeared to be preparing to leave "but the force that remains and shows no indications of leaving is still a very, very capable force and remains a coercive capability to the nation of Ukraine," he said.