"Russia has withdrawn thousands of its troops massed on the border with Ukraine, even as violence escalated inside that country between government troops and pro-Russian separatists, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.
Hagel called the withdrawal “promising” but said that thousands of troops remained of the 40,000 Russia moved to the border in recent months. “They are not where they need to be and won’t be until all of their troops . . . are gone,” he said." Washpost
To quote a Mexican senora from some old Western, "Que Hombre muy macho!"
Hagel seem to have missed the fact that these Russian troops are on their own territory in Russia. Seven battalions remain near the border? With their headquarters and support troops that would be about 5,000 men. The Ukraineans are afraid of that?
The whole "Russian Army threatens invasion" meme seems to have gone "bust." Too bad. The psywar contractors in Washington will have to come with new baloney. pl