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    The pilots of Russia's Western Military District held an exercise on intercepting a simulated enemy illegally crossing the state border, the district's spokesman Igor Muginov said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the drill scenario, the crews of the MiG-29SMT aircraft had to detect a target and make it land. The exercise took place at night.

    "The pilots of the Western Military District in the Kursk Region, ahead of the New Year celebrations, held a drill on intercepting a simulated enemy that breached the state border," Muginov told journalists.

    A total of over 2,500 servicemen are said to be on combat duty during the New Year holidays in Russia.

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    military drills, MiG-29, New Year, Western Military District, Kursk region
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