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 Russia Starts Military Exercises near Ukraine Involving more than 100 Planes and Helicopters

Russia announced new military exercises involving bombers and fighter jets on Monday in a show of strength near the border with Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports about it, citing Reuters.

An air force spokesman was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying more than 100 planes and helicopters would take part in the manoeuvres from Monday until Friday in its central and western districts.

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The move is likely to alarm Western powers which have accused Russia of beefing up the number of troops along its border with Ukraine and arming the rebels in eastern Ukraine. Moscow denies supplying the rebels with weapons.

The air force spokesman 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.

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