Wow, what a bias. And this "local populace talks with military", military never interacts with local populace, they don't even can look at them or their locations. And does this source ever looked into diplomatic situation in the region?Comments/thoughts?
And yet nobody realised what's happening with Russian troops moving around? Heard lots of wild fantasies, but not analysis based on reality facts and circumstances - They indeed moved away the personnel, but not equipment, it stays there. Because they are saving money. To keep military people deployed somewhere on alert is costly as you have to feed them and pay them increased bonus salary for deployment, but as the situation calmed down (and massive check-up of military regions ended) they are unnecessary to stay there. If there's a need, they will come back, it's fast to do and not expensive to relocate people.
Equipment is an opposite thing - to remove the stored vehicles back is costly as hell as inappropriate to the current situation - these goods are needed there both for planned reasons (Zapad Exercises), and staying "just in case" for unforseen scenarios, and yet these goods and vehicles don't ask for food and money for staying there.
So why pulling them out? Why wasting money?
And why nobody is focused on the DNR/LNR themselves? They are the main topic there, not even Russia nor Ukraine. World media is averting everyone's gazes from them by feeding crazy predictions and fanfics to masses, yet keeping it quiet about the Republics people are still under heavy shelling by heavy artillery every day (despite the Minsk sanctions against the use of heavy calibers), and some zones over there lost electricity yesterday due to designated strikes on power stations. Ukraine does not interested to deescalate something they worked really hard in. They have lost their timing for the rapid offensive but may yet do it in May. If they not attacking in May, they gonna pull out afterwards, because, again, keeping forces deployed is costly as hell, as they are a poor country it's a heavy toll for them.