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Russia holds massive snap drills

English.news.cn   2014-02-27 01:41:20

MOSCOW, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the armed forces to conduct snap drills in Western and Central military districts.

According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the drills, which involve ships of the Baltic and Northern Fleets and the air force, started at 14:00 Moscow time (1000 GMT) and will last until March 3.

The drills also included anti-terrorism training, Shoigu said.p Putin introduced snap drills in 2013 as a way of checking the military's combat readiness and has ordered five exercises since May, including the largest in the post-Soviet period, in July.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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