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Putin orders military tests amid Ukraine tensions

President Vladimir Putin Honours Russian Olympic Athletes

MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered massive exercises involving most of its military units in western Russia amid tensions in Ukraine.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a televised statement made at a meeting of top military brass in Moscow that the exercise is intended to "checks the troops' readiness for action in crisis situations that threaten the nation's military security."

Shoigu said Putin ordered the exercise Wednesday afternoon. During the first two days, the military will be put on high alert and some will deploy to shooting ranges.

The actual maneuvers will start Friday and will last four days, he said. The exercise will involve ships of the Baltic and the Northern Fleets and the air force.

Shoigu's statement didn't contain any reference to Ukraine, where tensions remain high following the toppling of Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovych. Russia has questioned the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian authorities and accused them of failing to control radicals who threaten the Russia-speaking population in Ukraine's east and south.

A senior Russian lawmaker on Tuesday told pro-Russia activists in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula where Russia has a major naval base that Moscow will protect them if their lives are in danger.

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drepke February 26 2014 at 11:32 AM

We need to send my friend' stepsister who makes 97 dollars on the internet to attack Putin.

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howard February 26 2014 at 9:09 AM

not only does Putin have close ties with the Russian Ukraine population in the East but Russia has immense territorial protective reasons to be firm in doing whatever to protect both...

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Doug February 26 2014 at 12:03 PM

Bring back t he DRAFT !!!! So everyone has a chance to fight for the worlds freedom

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Walt Doug February 26 2014 at 12:10 PM

HOW STUPID.

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hawaiiana February 26 2014 at 12:03 PM

No matter the subject the same people chime in "Obama". To them he is the anti christ no matter what he does. Back to the subject at hand, if you are familiar with history you know Hitler used the German speaking occupants of Sudetenland to justify invading Czechoslovakia. Putin is sounding very familiar

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drusus5845 February 26 2014 at 12:05 PM

I believe, based on historical fact, that the Ukraine should split into a East and West Ukraine to relieve tension between the two philosophical bodies that have existed in this country for at least 500 years. West Ukraine has been a part of Poland and Austria for at least that amount of time and have different values. When Southern Poland was a part of Austria it ruled itself sending some of their countrymen into the Reichstag in Vienna and some became Prime Minister (Bielinski) At that time Lvov (Lviv) and anything in the West was under Austria for 200 years. After WWll, Stalin grabbed West Ukraine and, of course, Poland did not complain since it was controlled by the communists. Western Ukraine peoples might use the Cyrillic alphabet, their language might sound similar to Russian but it is not Russian and includes many Polish words or words derived from Polish. The University of Lvov was Franz Josef University prior to WWl. To think that the Western Ukraine would be able to adapt to Russian philosophy is like Americans adapting to class thinking in England. It will never work except by force which the
Russians are quite adept at. If you don't cooperate we will send you to a gulag even if you are an admired writer or poet. From czarist days until now Russia has not changed .

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John Schlobohm drusus5845 February 26 2014 at 12:19 PM

Of course, You know Putin used to be head of the old KGB in his career in the Soviet System. Those people never really change their stripes.!! I for one, still think Putin is still a communist,and it doesn't seem unlikely to me that he may try to restore that government again some day.

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Ginny February 26 2014 at 12:09 PM

Putin, Stay out of Ukraine.

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shenandoah0135 Ginny February 26 2014 at 12:16 PM

And let us stay out of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc., etc. It gets old.

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rich Ginny February 26 2014 at 12:18 PM

Would we stay out of a war in Canada? Try viewing a world map.

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rjgrocha February 26 2014 at 12:11 PM

Here's a news flash, we no longer have a a democracy either.

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hamcallk5co rjgrocha February 26 2014 at 12:17 PM

Actually we still have a semi-democracy. And you better vote correctly!

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YourFtr February 26 2014 at 12:12 PM

No more "Mister Nice Guy" for Putin.......

and........ Gut-Check time for Obama, Kerry, and the Liberals........

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Lois February 26 2014 at 12:12 PM

Always a war and hate going on somewhere..Waht the world needs now is love..!!

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napachiefs February 26 2014 at 12:12 PM

The Magna Carter tells me not to trust any of those that are in the Union 5:

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