Ukraine launches missile drills near Russia-annexed Crimea

A Ukrainian serviceman aims a 122 mm MLRS BM-21 Grad during military exercises near Kiev on October 28, 2016Ukraine on Thursday unleashed a barrage of missile tests near Russian-annexed Crimea in a show of strength and defiance bound to irritate Moscow. The two-day military drills near the Black Sea peninsula are a first for the former Soviet republic and it was not immediately clear what sparked them. Kiev says Russia illegally annexed Crimea in March 2014 — a month after Ukraine’s Russian-backed president was ousted in a pro-EU revolt.

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