Ukraine crisis: 'Significant' Russian forces have withdrawn, says NATO

Even as the lull in fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian insurgents continued, NATO on Wednesday said that “significant” number of Russian troops have withdrawn from eastern Ukraine.

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014, 17:32 PM IST

Kiev: Even as the lull in fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russian insurgents continued, NATO on Wednesday said that “significant” number of Russian troops have withdrawn from eastern Ukraine.

According to a BBC news report, Lt Col Jay Janzen said that despite the presence of pro-Russian separatists in the area, it is difficult to determine the strength of soldiers present.

Despite the accusation by the Western countries of arming the pro-Russian rebels fighting in Ukraine, Russia has denied the claims.

Over 3,000 people have been killed and 270,000 others have been displaced in the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists since the beginning of crisis in February this year.

A ceasefire between the two sides began on September 5 and the two countries have agreed to set up a buffer zone.