Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday that Moscow had withdrawn 70 percent of its forces following a ceasefire he had agreed with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin last Friday.
“The reported reduction of Russian troops from easternUkraine would be a good first step, but we have no information on this,” a NATO military officer told AFP.
“The fact of the matter is there are still approximately 1,000 Russian troops in eastern Ukraine with a substantial amounts of military equipment and approximately 20,000 troops on the Russian border with Ukraine.”
The officer said the Russian troops constituted a “large and effective military presence.”
Moscow also continued to supply pro-Russian rebels with “sophisticated military equipment,” said the officer who repeated NATO calls for Russia to reverse course and back a peaceful solution to the Ukraine conflict.