Russia orders new military exercises on Ukraine border

AFP , Thursday 24 Apr 2014

Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visits the State Duma during Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's address to the lower house of parliament in Moscow April 22, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Russia on Thursday ordered new military exercises in Russian regions bordering Ukraine in response to Kiev's operation against militants in the east that is vehemently opposed by Moscow.

"We are compelled to react to such a situation," Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. "From today, military exercises have started in regions bordering Ukraine involving battalions of tactical forces of the southern and western military districts," he said.

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