More Than 20 Russian Warships in Black Sea Military Exercises

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The Russian Navy’s Ropucha-class landing ship Kaliningrad sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey April 17. (Reuters/Yoruk Isik)

More than 20 Russian warships took part in military exercises in the Black Sea, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a statement from Russia’s Black Sea fleet.

Russia has temporarily restricted the movement of foreign warships and what it called “other state ships” near Crimea, territory annexed from Ukraine in 2014, a move which caused the United States to express its “deep concern.”