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Russia conducts drills involving nuclear-capable bombers

July 8, 2021 GMT
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In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, A Russian Tu-160 bomber taxies before takeoff at an airbase in Russia, Thursday, July 8, 2021. The Russian military says it has conducted drills involving nuclear-capable strategic bombers firing cruise missiles. The Defense Ministry said Thursday that Tu-160 and Tu-95 strategic bombers took off from their base in the Saratov region on the Volga River and flew more than 4,000 kilometers (about 2,500 miles) to launch cruise missiles at practice targets at a firing range in the Arctic. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
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In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, A Russian Tu-160 bomber taxies before takeoff at an airbase in Russia, Thursday, July 8, 2021. The Russian military says it has conducted drills involving nuclear-capable strategic bombers firing cruise missiles. The Defense Ministry said Thursday that Tu-160 and Tu-95 strategic bombers took off from their base in the Saratov region on the Volga River and flew more than 4,000 kilometers (about 2,500 miles) to launch cruise missiles at practice targets at a firing range in the Arctic. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s air force has conducted drills involving its nuclear-capable strategic bombers, the military said Thursday.

The Defense Ministry said that Tu-160 and Tu-95 strategic bombers took off from their base in the Saratov region on the Volga River and flew more than 4,000 kilometers (about 2,500 miles) to launch cruise missiles at practice targets at a firing range in the Arctic.

It said the missiles hit their designated targets.

The drills also involved Tu-95 bombers based in Russia’s Far East.

The Russian military has increased the number and scope of its drills amid tensions with the West.