Putin says war games show Russia’s military power

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military has shown a high degree of combat readiness during their biggest war games in more than two decades.

The maneuvers, which began Friday and continue through this week, involve 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks and other armored vehicles across Siberia and the far eastern region in a massive show of the nation’s resurgent military might.

Putin, who watched the maneuvers Wednesday at a firing range near Chita in southern Siberia, said the troops successfully fulfilled combat tasks, adding that “today we can be proud of our army.”

Russia says the exercise was part of regular combat training and wasn’t directed against any particular nation, though some analysts believe the show of force was aimed at China and Japan.

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