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Russian President Vladimir Putin has replaced the commander of the Black Sea Fleet in the illegally-annexed Crimea.

"Vice-Admiral Moiseev Alexander Alexeevich has been appointed Commander of the Black Sea Fleet by the decree of the president of the Russian Federation. Admiral Alexander Viktorovich Vitko, who had previously commanded the fleet, was sent to a new place of military service – to the Headquarters of the Russian navy," the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation told UNIAN.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia in June launched military exercises in the occupied Crimea, involving over a hundred helicopters and warplanes. Air defense units and the Black Sea Fleet will also take part in maneuvers in Rostov region and Krasnodar Territory.