Russian defence minister oversees large-scale military drills in Crimea - RIA

FILE PHOTO: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attends Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow, Russia April 21, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu went to Crimea on Thursday to oversee large-scale snap drills of Russia's southern military district and paratroopers close to Ukraine, the RIA news agency reported.

Ukraine and the West have raised alarm over a Russian military buildup near Russia's border with Ukraine. Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, prompting the West to impose sanctions. Kyiv wants the region back.

(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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