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(MOSCOW) -- Russia launched a massive military drill on Thursday to test its defenses against a nuclear strike.
Russian President Vladimir Putin personally oversaw the exercise, according to state-run media.
The Russians say the test was long-planned -- the Pentagon did say it received proper notification of the drill ahead of time -- but it comes amid heightened tensions with the West over Ukraine.
In the latest spat, Russia's Defense Ministry accused the U.S. and NATO of misleading the world after the Pentagon rejected Putin's claims that Russian troops had left the border with Ukraine.
As part of Thursday's exercise, at least one intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched, as well as two missiles from submarines.
Meanwhile, in other news, it looks like Putin and President Obama may run into each other in France next month. The Kremlin confirmed on Thursday that Putin is planning on attending a D-Day commemoration in Normandy, which Obama is expected to attend.
The White House has already said that Obama has no plans to meet with Putin there, but it looks like at the very least, the two may share a stage.
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