Hundreds of Russian troops stage exercises near Ukraine

February 10, 2015 8:22 AM

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hundreds of Russian troops started military exercises in southern Russia near the border with Ukraine on Tuesday, in a show of strength before a summit on the Ukraine crisis in the Belarussian capital Minsk.

News agencies quoted military officials as saying that about 2,000 Russian reconnaissance troops had started large-scale exercises in the southern military district.

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