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Russia test-launches 'several' ballistic missiles: Officials

Published on May 8, 2014 6:49 PM
Bearing the black-and-orange St. George's Ribbon, a military valor symbol of both Imperial Russia and Soviet Union, a Russian Army's Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launcher rolls past the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2014, during a rehearsal of the Victory Day parade. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Thursday test-launched several ballistic missiles during planned exercises overseen by President Vladimir Putin, news reports said, as a crisis raged in neighbouring Ukraine.

The Russian military fired a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile from its northern test site in Plesetsk, as well as "several" shorter-range missiles from its submarines in the Northern and Pacific Fleets, news agencies cited defence officials as saying.