Russia announced it would hold more military exercises in 2015 than this year — including one in the Central military district that includes Moscow, and another involving Belarus.

NATO says it has beefed up defenses of its members since Russia seized Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March and began backing separatists in parts of Ukraine the Kremlin now calls “New Russia”. At least 4,300 people have died in the conflict.

via Russia announces war games; UK worried by ‘extremely aggressive’ probing of air space | Reuters.