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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Investigation Ordered Into String of Russian Air Force Crashes

Russian Defense Minister Sergei ShoiguRussian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered an investigation into the shocking loss of seven military aircraft in crashes during routine training exercises since the beginning of June, news agency RIA Novosti reported Friday.

The crashes appear to show that an increase in Russian military activity connected to the crisis in Ukraine is straining the air force to breaking point.

“The accident rate for military aviation continues to be one of the most acute problems [facing the military],” Shoigu said in a meeting at the Defense Ministry on Friday, RIA Novosti reported.

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