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Monday, 19 May 2014 - 19:07
Russia ends military drills ahead of Ukraine vote
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Russia said it had ordered the end of military exercises near its border with Ukraine, just days ahead of a crucial presidential vote aimed at bringing the country out of crisis.

In a move that could ease tensions, President Vladimir Putin's office said he had ordered thousands of Russian troops deployed in border regions to return to barracks after the end of spring exercises.

But the Kremlin said Putin had also demanded that Ukraine's pro-Western government halt its military operation against rebels in the country's east and withdraw its troops.
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