On Wednesday the last, fourth trainload of armoured machines, belonging to a limited continent of Russian troops stationed here, set out from Transdnestria (a self-proclaimed republic in the territory of Moldova) to Russia. Valeri Yevnevich, commander of the Russian forces in Transdnestria, told RIA Novosti that Russia began withdrawing the armour last November 9 and is through with it on Wednesday, thus fulfilling before time one of the agreements of the Istanbul summit of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Under this agreement, Russia is to pull out its armaments and personnel from Transdnestria by 2002.
Western countries actively support Ukraine in words, but they are able to provide less and less real help. This opinion was expressed by the former head of the military intelligence of the Czech Republic, Major General Andor Sandor, in an interview with the Parliamentní listy.