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Russia and Belarus launch war games aimed at holding the line against the West - Washington Post

MINSK, Belarus — Russia on Thursday kicked off a week of war games with its ally Belarus that have NATO neighbors and the United States watching anxiously, even as they give Moscow the chance to flex its muscles against one of its primary fears ...and more »

Russia's Zapad Military Drills Seek to Send a Message to the World - TIME

The Zapad drills, Russia's premier military exercises, have begun. The primary goal in these quadrennial war games is to prepare Russian troops for a major war – by some European estimates, as many as 100,000 could take part in the manoeuvres from ...and more »

Russia's War Games With Fake Enemies Cause Real Alarm - New York Times

MOSCOW — The country does not exist, so it has neither an army nor any real citizens, though it has acquired a feisty following of would-be patriots online. Starting on Thursday, however, the fictional state, Veishnoriya, a distillation of the Kremlin ...and more »

Kremlin accuses West of 'whipping up hysteria' over Russian war games - Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia accused the West on Thursday of “whipping up hysteria” over large-scale military exercises underway in eastern Europe and denied charges that they were being conducted with a lack of transparency.and more »

Russia's Zapad war games unnerve the West - Reuters

TALLINN/VILNIUS (Reuters) - From planes, radars and ships in the Baltics, NATO officials say they are watching Russia's biggest war games since 2013 with “calm and confidence”, but many are unnerved about what they see as Moscow testing its ability to ...and more »

Estonia: Going on a Bear Hunt - Al Jazeera America

Russia says that no more than 12,700 of its troops will be participating in what are purely defensive exercises; NATO officials say the real number of Russian military personnel involved could reach 100,000 and are part of a muscular display of ...and more »

Russia is about to kick off a war game that is freaking out NATO — here's what we know - Business Insider

Russia is going to war on Thursday, and though it's against a fictional country, NATO has been panicking about it for months. Every four years, Moscow conducts its large Zapad military exercises in western Russia and Belarus for six days, and this year ...and more »

Putin Starts War Game on NATO Frontier, Alarming Wary Europe - Bloomberg

Follow @bpolitics for all the latest news, and sign up for our daily Balance of Power newsletter. The last time Vladimir Putin sent thousands of troops into Belarus to defend against an imaginary invasion from the west, a real war erupted on Russia's ...and more »

What you need to know about Russia's huge military exercise - Washington Post

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. Today Russia embarks on a week of combat exercises and ...and more »

For now, this is a drill: Russia holds major war games - USA TODAY

LONDON — Russia's military kicked off a week of combat exercises Thursday that NATO warned could be practice for aggressive action against its Eastern European neighbors. Russia's defense ministry said the large-scale drills, called Zapad 2017 ...and more »