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    The Russian Defense Ministry reported that the crews of Su-27 fighter jets and Su-24M bombers of the Baltic Fleet's naval aviation conducted a series of night training flights as a part of snap combat readiness drills in the Barents Sea.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The crews of the Baltic Fleet's naval aviation conducted a series of night training operations and are planning to practice bombing shortly, the Russian Defense Ministry's press service said Thursday.

    "As part of the large-scale exercise…the crews of Su-27 fighter jets and Su-24M bombers of the Baltic Fleet's naval aviation conducted a series of night training flights," the press service said.

    According to the press service, Su-24M bombers will also practice striking ground targets located on the Baltic Fleet's range.

    On Wednesday, Russia's Western Military District said more than 20 ships of the Baltic Fleet were conducting defense drills. The tactical groups involved in the exercise included diesel-electric submarines, small missile and anti-submarine boats as well as minesweepers and various ships of the auxiliary fleet.

    Earlier on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the Russian Navy had started battle drills in the Barents Sea.

    Military drills are also taking place in the Black Sea, with Russia's Black Sea Fleet conducting search for a simulated enemy's submarines and carrying out minesweeping tasks.


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