Oschatz, East Germany — The Soviet Union Monday pulled an artillery unit out of East Germany as part of a series of troop and tank withdrawals promised by President Leonid Brezhnev.
About 100 Soviet soldiers, 18 pieces of heavy artillery, and 8 trucks left by rail from this small town northeast of Leipzig.
President Brezhnev said in East Berlin in October that up to 20,000 Soviet troops and 1,000 tanks would be withdrawn from East Germany within a year. The pullout began last December and more units were withdrawn in February.
According to Western estimates, the Soviet Union had more than 370,000 troops and 7,000 tanks in East Germany when President Brezhnev announced the move.