More than 10,000 Russian soldiers exercise near Ukraine 3

More than 10,000 Russian soldiers exercise near Ukraine 3

40 warships and more than 10,000 Russian soldiers participated in exercises in the waters off the Crimea peninsula, bordering Ukraine.

`The combined formation of the Southern Military District, the Black Sea Fleet, the Caspian Fleet and the airborne forces participated in the exercises in Crimea, including more than 10,000 soldiers, 1,200 equipment units, 40 warships and

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu rode a helicopter to inspect the area before starting the exercises, the statement said.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said the units participate in training in air strikes, missile strikes, use of drones and dealing with the above forms of attacks with air defense complexes.

More than 10,000 Russian soldiers exercise in the Black Sea

Russian warships participated in exercises in the Black Sea on April 22.

The exercise of more than 10,000 Russian soldiers took place amid escalating tensions with Ukraine related to recent military moves by the two sides near the border, as well as Russia’s order to partially restrict the Black Sea for 6 months.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that the country is `ready for war` with Russia even though he does not want this to happen, and affirmed that he `does not start war first` and `always fights to the last person`.

Russia has deployed many weapons including tanks, artillery and heavy armor to the area near the border with Ukraine since the end of March. Secretary of the Russian National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev announced on April 7 that Moscow has no intention of

European Union (EU) Senior Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said on April 19 that more than 100,000 Russian soldiers are gathering near the Ukrainian border and in Crimea, and warned of `the risk of escalating tensions is very high.`

More than 10,000 Russian soldiers exercise near Ukraine

Crimea peninsula and Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova last week declared that Ukrainian and Western media `are exaggerating the issue related to Russia’s military activities near the Ukrainian border`.

`I hope no one thinks of crossing the ‘red line’ in relations with Russia. We will determine this red line in each specific case,` President Putin said.

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