President: Ukrainian soldiers to start withdraw from Iraq this month
President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine has disclosed a schedule for the withdrawal of 1,650 Ukrainian troops from Iraq, starting later this month.
He said the Ukrainian contingent would leave in three stages between mid-March and October.
According to Yushchenko, 150 Ukrainian soldiers will leave in the first group around 15 March, followed by a group of 590 and the remainder by 15 October.
According to AFP, he said his government had taken into consideration public opinion in both Iraq and Ukraine and concluded that the "war situation in Iraq has changed."