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Russia Orders Army Back From Ukraine Border, Easing Tensions

  • Units to return to bases by May 1; Ukraine welcomes move
  • Western leaders had called on Russia to withdraw troops
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Russia said it will begin pulling thousands of troops back from areas near the Ukrainian border starting Friday, in a step that could calm strains with the West that have surged in recent weeks.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed the move, saying in a tweet it “reduces tension.”