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Tue Apr 27, 2021, 08:49 PM

Russia holds Black Sea drills amid Ukraine tensions

Russia started a series of naval combat exercises in the Black Sea on Tuesday, as the US dispatched a coastguard vessel to the region amid between Moscow and Kyiv. The Russian navy said it was monitoring the vessel.

Ukraine and Western governments have hit out at Russian military activity along its border and on the Crimean peninsula, although some troops were pulled backlast week by the Kremlin.

The Interfax news agency reported that a Russian Moskva cruiser would hold live-fire drills with other ships and military helicopters.

That report, which cited the Russian navy press service, came after the US navy sent its cutter Hamiltion to take part in exercises with NATO military partners.


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