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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Russia Launches Largest Military Maneuvers of 2015

Varshavyanka (Kilo) class SSKThe Russian military launched its largest scheduled military exercise of the year on Monday, known as Center-2015, featuring around 95,000 military personnel, 7,000 pieces of combat hardware, up to 170 aircraft and 20 ships.

The massive exercise, which is set to wrap up on Sunday, is the latest in an escalating tit-for-tat show of force between NATO and Russia, as mutual suspicions and anxieties driven by the Ukraine crisis have convinced both sides of the need to deter the other.

The exercise was described by the Defense Ministry as “the final stage of operations and combat training of Russia’s armed forces in 2015” in a statement published on the ministry’s website Monday.

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