Russian President Vladimir Putin put more than 65,000 troops in the country’s central region on combat alert and ordered them to take part in a drill a day after Ukraine called a cease-fire that seeks to quell violence in the east.
The drill, which started at 11 a.m. today and is to last through June 28, will also involve 5,500 pieces of military equipment, Vladimir Anikin, a spokesman for Russia’s Defense Ministry, said by phone. The drill was announced at a ministry staff meeting today, he said.
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