Russian army tanks during military drills at the Black Sea coast, Crimea, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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This display of military might took place Friday in Crimea as Russia showcased its ground, marine and air forces in the biggest exercises held on the strategic peninsula since its 2014 annexation from Ukraine.Watching the drills at the Opuk training range on the Black Sea coast of eastern Crimea were Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the head of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov as well as Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov.The Crimean drills were part of Caucasus-2016 exercises held across Russia's southern regions with some 12,500 troops, the defense ministry said.The drill was planned last year and is not related to the current heightened tensions with the West, he said.
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