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Russia conducts drills involving nuclear-capable bombers

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

The Defence 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 km 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.

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