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    Strategic Military Drills Kicks Off in Southern Russia

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    Strategic Kavkaz-2016 drills have begun in the Southern Military District in Russia.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Strategic Kavkaz-2016 drills have started in southern Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.

    "The exercise includes around 12,500 servicemen, aviation, military equipment and ships," the ministry said in a statement.

    The drills, set to last until September 10, will be carried out in Russia's Southern Military District, including parts of the Black and Caspian seas.


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