Russia begins massive military exercise involving 250 planes

  • Russia’s armed forces have begun a massive exercise that involves about 250 planes and some 12,000 military personnel, the country’s defense ministry has said.

    The four-day exercise, which began as NATO and its partners started their own Arctic exercise, is being described by the Russian ministry as a means to check combat readiness.

    The drill is believed to be in preparation for a bigger exercise by Russian forces in the coming months, reports say.

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