Several trains carrying weapons and planeloads of troops have left regions near Ukraine as part of a massive military pullout, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
It said four trainloads of weapons and 15 Il-76 heavy lift transport planes left the Belgorod, Bryansk and Rostov regions on Wednesday. The ministry added that the troops are to reach their permanent bases before June 1. NATO, which estimates that Russia has 40,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, repeated Tuesday that it didn't yet see any signs of a Russian withdrawal. (AP)