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Vladimir Putin orders large military drills in Black Sea region

President Vladimir Putin has ordered surprise military exercises in the Russian Black Sea region, to test the armed forces’ battle readiness.

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said the exercises would involve 36 ships and up to 7,000 troops.

Vladimir Putin has ordered surprise military exercises in the Russian Black Sea region, to test the armed forces' battle readiness

Vladimir Putin has ordered surprise military exercises in the Russian Black Sea region, to test the armed forces’ battle readiness

He added that Russia was not obliged to give warning of exercises involving fewer than 7,000 personnel.

Russia moved to reform its military after the 2008 war with Georgia showed up weaknesses.

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