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Russia's 'Unprecedented' War Games As Big As It Says?

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Russia's 'Unprecedented' War Games As Big As It Says?

2018-09-13 22:07:051 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

Russia is carrying out "unprecedented" military exercises in its far east this week, with China taking part for the first time. But there are a number of reasons to believe Moscow has vastly overstated the size of the force involved in the war games and maneuvers. It wouldn't be the first time Russia used misleading figures, and as in the past, doing so serves propaganda purposes at home and abroad. This week, Russia kicked off its Vostok-18 military exercises, drills that defense officials claim involve some 300,000 troops, 36,000 tanks, 1,000 aircraft, and scores of warships and have touted as "unprecedented in scale."

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