14:06 Sep. 5, 2016
The Russian Defence Ministry starts large-scale war games, called Caucasus 2016, with 12,500 troops taking part
Black and Caspian seas fleet are taking part in the exercises. They follow the massive relocation of Russian troops in August. As part the Caucasus 2016 military drills, Moscow has amassed 41,600 soldiers near the Ukrainian border. The drills will run until September 10.
They are supposed to train commanders to prepare and conduct military action and coordinate different types of troops. The last major exercise, planned for this year, follows a period of heightened tensions between Ukraine in Russia. Several weeks ago Moscow accused Kyiv of sending saboteurs to Crimea to carry out terrorist acts.