A “small number” of Russian troops are “beginning to reposition,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said during a news briefing on Thursday.
“It’s not exactly clear” where the troops are going, but the US does not “see any indication that they’re going to be sent home,” Kirby said.
“The best assessment that” the US has is that the troops “are going to reposition probably into Belarus to be refit, resupplied and used elsewhere in Ukraine,” he said.
The US has seen some Russian troops departing from the Chernobyl plant facility in Ukraine, Kirby added. Those troops are “leaving to the north to go back again towards Belarus,” he said.
"It was confirmed that the occupiers, who seized the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and other facilities in the Exclusion Zone, marched in two columns towards the Ukrainian border with the Republic of Belarus," said Energoatom in a statement published on Telegram.
In late February, during the first week of the war, the plant and its surrounding territory fell into the hands of Russian troops.
Russian troops announced on Thursday their intention to leave and hand over control to Ukrainian personnel, said Energoatom.
CNN's Nathan Hodge contributed reporting to this post.