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Vladimir Putin flexes his muscles with massive military exercise to show might of his marines

•, Dave Burke

Vladimir Putin has been showing off his military prowess with a series of huge military exercises.

More than 1,000 infantry personnel took part in drills in the Kamchatka region in eastern Russia.

Land soldiers practised defending the coast while marines from the Primorsky Krai region worked on military attacks.

Troops opened fire on targets at land and at sea, and weapons used included self-propelled multiple-launch rocket systems and Mil Mi-8 helicopters.

A video of the drills was released by the press service of the Eastern Military District in charge of the Pacific Fleet, which said the operation had been a success.

It comes as leaders across Europe watch Russian military exercises with an increased nervousness following huge war games held last month.

The Eastern Military District is one of the four operational strategic commands of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

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