Russians bid farewell

October 29, 1992

Russian sailors yesterday pushed their torpedo boats off their base in the Polish port of Swinoujscie and said good-bye to Poland.

The sailors were the last former Soviet combat troops to leave Poland after 47 years of Soviet military presence on Polish territory. "Polish sovereignty has finally been confirmed," Polish President Lech Walesa said.

Since the collapse of Communist rule in eastern Europe, the last former Soviet combat units also have left Hungary and Czechoslaviaka.

About 6,000 non-combat troops in communications and transportation units will stay in Poland until the end of 1993 to help evacuate Russian troops from eastern Germany.

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