"Russia has now started to partially withdraw its troops. It has begun, and there's a move. But it has created very good logistics recently that if the Ukrainian army starts to advance or if there is a political or individual will, they will mass as well," he said, Channel 112 reported.
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Earlier, Ukraine's Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov said that Ukraine's task for 2017 is to retake the internationally recognized state borders in Donbas, and the long-term plans include the return of Russia-annexed Crimea.