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Putin orders surprise exercise in Black Sea

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MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a surprise military exercise in the Black Sea. News agencies quoted his spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying Putin dispatched the order to the defense minister at 4 a.m. on Thursday. A Kremlin statement says the exercise will involve 36 vessels, an unspecified number of airplanes and up to 7,000 troops. Peskov says...