Russia launches large-scale military manoeuvres in the Arctic

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The Russian military on Monday launched sweeping military manoeuvres in the Arctic and other areas, a show of force ordered by President Vladimir Putin amid spiraling tensions with the West over Ukraine.

The five-day Arctic drills involving 38,000 servicemen, more than 50 surface ships and submarines and 110 aircraft are intended to check the readiness of Russia’s Northern Fleet and the military’s ability to deploy additional forces from central Russia.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said “the new challenges and military threats require further increase of the armed forces’ capabilities.”

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Russia launches large-scale military manoeuvres in the Arctic