Russia-Ukraine conflict LIVE Updates:
The tensions between the US-led West and Vladimir Putin-led Russia persists despite Moscow announcing a new drawdown of military forces from the Crimean peninsula on Thursday even as Washington and allies see the troop withdrawal claim with scepticism. State-run television showed columns of military hardware crossing a recently-constructed bridge connecting the peninsula to the Russian mainland. Satellite images from US-based private firm Maxar Tech, however, show Russia has moved some of its military equipment that was deployed near Ukraine, but other hardware has arrived and Moscow still has a lot of forces and equipment near its ex-Soviet neighbour. Meanwhile, the US has hoped that India, which is committed to a rules-based international order, will stand by its side in case of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has removed the curbs on the number of flights that can be operated between India and Ukraine under the bilateral air bubble arrangement to facilitate travel of Indians from the eastern European nation, according to a senior official.
(Edited by : Ajay Vaishnav)
First Published: IST