Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops near the border with Ukraine back to their bases, a presidential spokesman said.
The troops were on a routine exercise that has now come to an end, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.
The withdrawal has started, but could take some time to finish, Peskov said.
NATO said Monday that it has not seen any substantial change to the distribution of Russian troops along the Ukraine border.
There have been previous reports of Russian troop pullbacks that have taken place.