WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Putin appears to de-escalate Ukraine crisis, redeploys token battalion of 500-700 Russian soldiers from neighbor’s E. border; NATO scoffs, views pullback as mere “troop rotation,” FMs meet in Brussels, Poland requests 10,000 alliance troops, “two heavy brigades” of armored infantry to deter Russia; senior US defense officials in Kiev for consultations with Ukrainian counterparts; Bucharest approves additional deployment of 600 US troops to augment 1,000 currently stationed in Romania; US, Lithuanian air force pilots to carry out joint training drills over ex-Soviet republic; Gazprom implements long-feared, one-third rate hike for Ukraine’s natural gas supply; Russian Communist Party boss: Sanctions “counter-productive”; Russian PM Medvedev: Crimea to become “special economic zone”; Deputy PM Rogozin laments negative impact of Crimean annexation on defense procurements from Ukraine, visits Minsk to promote integration of Russian, Belarusian MICs; CSTO FMs to meet in Moscow on Apr. 3

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