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Russia, Ukraine Both Hold Combat Drills Amid Heightened Tensions (RFE RL)

Russia and Ukraine both held military exercises on November 24 amid rising tensions prompted by reports of a large Russian military buildup near the Ukrainian border that raised fears of a possible invasion.

Russia staged military drills in the Black Sea, south of Ukraine, saying it needed to sharpen the combat-readiness of its conventional and nuclear forces because of what Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called “the growing activity of NATO countries near Russia’s borders.”

Russia, Ukraine Both Hold Combat Drills Amid Heightened Tensions (rferl.org)