Putin orders troops to return from border of Ukraine

By: Daniela Fierro
By: Daniela Fierro

EAST UKRAINE (NBC) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has ordered troops back from the border with Ukraine.

And in what appears to be a reversal, he called for a referendum on autonomy in Eastern Ukraine to be delayed.

Warning shots were fired outside a police station as unarmed protesters run for their lives.

Soldiers from the Ukrainian army confronted fellow Ukrainians who want independence for their region.

Amid deadly fighting, they plan to vote Sunday. NBC News was shown the ballots being printed in Donetsk.

They'll print three million ballots, they say, with three photo copying machines.

"Can the world be confident that this referendum will be free and fair?" Simmons asks.

Yes, he says, they are inviting international observers.

But now their ally president Putin has called for the referendum to be delayed, a stunning reversal.

Putin said the Russian army has withdrawn from the Ukrainian border.

Not true according to Western officials who've been watching Russian troop movements.


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