Thousands of Russian troops are reportedly withdrawing from the Ukrainian border after conducting drills for roughly a month.
Reuters reported on Saturday that more than 10,000 Russian troops were leaving a number of regions near Ukraine — including Crimea, Rostov and Kuban — and returning to permanent bases.
The news service pointed to reporting from the Interfax news agency, which cited the Russian military.
“A stage of combat coordination of divisions, combat crews, squads at motorized units... has been completed.
The Kremlin has also said it has the authority to deploy troops within its borders as it sees necessary, according to Reuters.
The White House said Biden during the conversation warned Putin against inviting Ukraine, cautioning that Moscow would suffer economic consequences if it mobilized an offensive against Ukraine.
Biden also reportedly presented the option of de-escalating the situation through diplomatic channels with the U.S. and other European nations. »