MOSCOW, May 7 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the 40,000 troops stationed at Russia’s border with Ukraine have been withdrawn. His statement came after meeting with Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, current leader of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
“We were told constantly about concerns over our troops near the Ukrainian border,” Putin said. “We have pulled them back. Today they are not on the Ukrainian border but in places of regular exercises, at training grounds.”