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Ukraine and NATO aren’t seeing any Russian withdrawal yet

Is Russia withdrawing troops from Ukraine? Here’s what we know

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Ukrainians march during Day of Unity in Odessa, Ukraine.

Ukrainians march holding a national flag to celebrate a Day of Unity in Odessa, Ukraine, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. There have been no signs of Russian withdrawal from Ukraine’s border yet, according to Ukraine President Voldymyr Zelensky.

Emilio Morenatti, Associated Press

There have been no signs of Russian withdrawal from Ukraine’s border yet, according to Ukraine President Voldymyr Zelenskyy.

What’s happening: Zelenskyy told BBC News that “we don’t see any withdrawal yet”  of Russian troops from the Ukraine border.

  • “When the troops do pull back, everyone will see that,” he told BBC News. “But for now, it’s just statements.”

Flashback: Russia said Tuesday that the country’s troops would return to base after finishing major military exercises on its border with Ukraine, per CNN.

  • At the time, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he doubted Russia’s words, saying “various statements are constantly being made from the Russian Federation, so we already have a rule: “Do not hear and then believe. But do see and then believe.”

The bigger picture: Ukraine declared a “day of unity” for Wednesday after reports surfaced that Russia would invade Ukraine on Wednesday, Feb. 16, which is today, per BBC News.

  • Russia mocked the idea that the invasion date was planned.
  • “I’d like to ask if U.S. and British sources of disinformation ... could publish the schedule of our upcoming invasions for the year. I’d like to plan my holidays,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, according toThe Moscow Times.