Pentagon sees Russia starting to reposition under 20% of forces around Kyiv

Ukrainian service members check an area near the destroyed Russian Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) on the front line near Kyiv as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, Ukraine March 30, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

March 30, 2022

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia has started to reposition under 20% of the forces arrayed around Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, but cautioned Russia was expected to refit and resupply them for redeployment, and not bring the forces home.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said some of the Russian forces may have already moved into Belarus, as opposed to their home garrisons.

Kirby also told a news briefing Russian contractor Wagner Group had deployed about 1,000 contractors into Ukraine’s Donbas region, which Moscow has declared a priority.

(Reporting by Idree Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Chris Reese)

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