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Russia conducts military exercises near Ukraine’s borders as NATO allies meet in Riga

December 1, 2021 9:16 amby Sergiy Slipchenko
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The Russian Ministry of Defense has announced the start of military drills near the Ukrainian border on Dec. 1.

According to Russia, over 10,000 service members of Russia’s southern military district will take part in military drills at 30 training grounds in several Russian regions such as Rostov, Volgograd, Stavropol, Astrakhan, Kuban, and North Ossetia.

The drills will also take place in Crimea, occupied by Russia since March 2014.

Meanwhile, NATO’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Riga on Nov. 30 - Dec. 1. They discussed Russia’s war against Ukraine and the migrant crisis in neighboring Belarus.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine and Georgia are "close NATO partners" and the alliance will support their sovereignty and territorial integrity by training, providing maritime support and sharing intelligence information.

Sergiy Slipchenko
Author: Sergiy Slipchenko

Sergiy Slipchenko is a staff writer at the Kyiv Independent. He studied at York University in Toronto, Canada and worked as a reporter at the Kyiv Post.

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