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Russia says it has decided to reduce military activity near Kyiv, Chernihiv

Ukrainian soldiers watch debris from a Russian tank after recent fights in the town of Trostsyanets, some 400km (250 miles) east of capital Kyiv, Ukraine, March 28, 2022. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)
Ukrainian soldiers watch debris from a Russian tank after recent fights in the town of Trostsyanets, some 400km (250 miles) east of capital Kyiv, Ukraine, March 28, 2022. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia’s deputy defense minister says Moscow has decided to “fundamentally… cut back” operations near the capital and another major city to “increase mutual trust” at talks aimed at ending the fighting.

Alexander Fomin says Russian forces would cut back “military activity in the direction of Kyiv and Chernihiv.”

Fomin’s statement comes after another round of talks Russia and Ukraine held in Istanbul and appears to be the first major concession the Russians made since the beginning of their invasion in Ukraine more than a month ago.

The Ukrainian general staff of the military says earlier it had noted withdrawals around Kyiv and Chernihiv.

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