MOSCOW, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Russia is conducting new military exercises with more than 100 aircraft in the country's central and western districts, an air force spokesman was quoted as saying on Monday, a show of strength near the border with Ukraine.
Igor Klimov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying it was the first session in a series to enhance the unity of the air force this year and did not mention Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels are fighting Ukrainian government forces.
He said aircraft such as Su-27 and MiG-31 fighter jets, Russia's newest frontline bomber Su-34, and Mi-8, Mi-24 and Mi-28N helicopters would be used in the exercises and the aircraft would conduct missile practice.
The exercises were planned for Aug. 4-8.
Russia's Defense Ministry could not immediately be reached for comment. (Reporting by Polina Devitt and Tatiana Ustinova, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Timothy Heritage)
Russia Conducts Military Exercises With More Than 100 Aircraft Near Ukraine