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Ukraine's Army has launched large-scale air defense exercises in the south of Kherson region near the temporarily occupied Crimea.

That's according to the Kherson Regional State Administration's press service.

"From June 1 to June 3, a set of military exercises will be conducted with the involvement of air defense forces and means at the state-run training ground of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Skadovsky district, Kherson region," the report says.

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Residents of Kherson region have been called on to remain calm over the ongoing exercises.

Earlier, military drills were conducted in Kherson region with the involvement of units of the Southern Grouping subordinated to the Joint Forces Command, together with the coordination group of the SBU Anti-Terrorist Center. The training was aimed at identifying sabotage and reconnaissance groups of a conditional enemy and prevent them from committing terrorist attacks and sabotage efforts targeting critical infrastructure.