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Russia Stages Military Drills in the Black Sea With Aircraft, Ships Amid Tensions

Russia carried out a military drill on naval bases in the Black Sea, south of Ukraine, with about ten crews of combat planes and ships that targeted hypothetical enemy warships, the Black Sea Fleet’s press office said on Wednesday. “The crews of Su-27SM3 and Su-30M2 fighters of the Southern Military District’s mixed aviation unit stationed in the Krasnodar Region performed training flights over the Black Sea. As a specific feature of this stage of the training flights, the fighters’ crews practiced cohesion in joint operations to deliver strikes against enemy surface targets,” the office said in a statement, Russia’s state-run media agency TASS reported. In the course of the combat training event, troops practiced how to respond to enemy air attacks with training flights over Black Sea waters in cooperation with the Black Sea Fleet, the statement said. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is based in Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in …

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