A Russian serviceman takes part in a ceremony to mark the Paratroopers Day in central St. Petersburg, August 2, 2014. . REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk
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Russia announced new military exercises involving bombers and fighter jets Monday in a show of strength near the border with Ukraine.The move is likely to alarm Western powers which have accused Russia of beefing up the number of troops along its border with Ukraine and arming the rebels in eastern Ukraine.An official from Russia's FSB security service in the Rostov region, just across the border from Ukraine, was quoted as saying more than 400 Ukrainian troops had asked for asylum in Russia.The West criticised Russia for staging earlier military exercises near Ukraine.
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