Russian Defense Minister visits Crimea
10:25, 9 September 2016

Russian Defense Minister visits Crimea

Caucasus 2016 military drills are underway in Russia’s Southern military district, including Crimea

10:25, 9 September 2016

Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s Defense Minister, visited the Russian-occupied Crimea on Friday. He is to personally inspect one of the key stages of the Caucasus 2016 military drills. Russian Defense Ministry reported this on September 9.  

The drills are underway; they are lasting from September 5 through September 10. They are held in the Southern military district of Russia, which also includes Crimea. First Deputy Defense Minister Valeriy Gerasimov chairs the exercise.

The Ukrainian government expresses concern over the fact that Russia conducts military drills near the state border with Ukraine, as they might pose direct military threat for Ukraine.

Pechersk district court in Kyiv allowed detaining Shoigu, whom the Prosecutor General’s Office suspects of committing crimes against Ukraine’s national security.

Related: Foreign Ministry: Russia military drills Caucasus 2016 indicate growing threat to Ukraine

Related: NATO: Undeclared Russian military drills only worsen relations with Alliance

Related: Caucasus 2016: Russia's maneuvers at the Ukraine's border

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