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Russia Stages Mass Military Drills as Ukraine Tensions Climb

  • Zelenskiy says Ukraine needs NATO membership to deter Russia
  • Russian troop build-up has sparked growing Western concerns
Russian servicemen take part in military exercises in the Astrakhan region of Southern Russia in 2020.

Russian servicemen take part in military exercises in the Astrakhan region of Southern Russia in 2020.

Photographer: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images
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Russia announced the start of mass military drills, ratcheting up tensions with neighboring Ukraine amid Western concerns about the risk of renewed fighting.

More than 4,000 training exercises will be held in military districts across Russia in April, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, in comments posted on the ministry’s website.