02:41 GMT16 June 2021
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    A Russian Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket laden with two defense satellites was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the country’s northwest on Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — It is the second launch of Soyuz-2.1b since late December 2013.

    "A new Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with two spacecraft in the interests of the Russian Defense Ministry was launched from the Aerospace Forces’ Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 5:09 p.m. [14:09 GMT]," the Defense Ministry’s press service said.

    The Volga booster with two defense satellites successfully separated from the second stage of the rocket carrier, the press service added.

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