Russia’s Black Sea Fleet yesterday began a large-scale exercise involving some 50 combat and auxiliary ships, naval aviation, coastal artillery, and marine infantry. The maneuvers were launched in a central area of the Black Sea and will end on April 25 with a landing exercise near Kerch. For the first time since the ex-USSR fleet’s partition, Ukrainian ships and naval aviation forces will participate in some phases of the Russian exercise. (Interfax-Ukraine, April 15)
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