Russia to conduct military exercises with 100 aircraft near Ukraine




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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is conducting new military exercises with more than 100 aircraft in country’s central and western districts, an air force spokesman was quoted as saying on , a show of strength near the border with Ukraine.

Igor Klimov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying it was the first session in a series enhance the unity of the air force this year and did not mention Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels are fighting Ukrainian government .

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He said aircraft such as Su-27 and MiG-31 fighter jets, Russia’s newest frontline bomber Su-34, and Mi-8, Mi-24 and Mi-28N helicopters would be used in the exercises and the aircraft would conduct missile practice.

The exercises were planned for Aug. 4-8.

Russia’s Defence Ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.

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