RUSSIA is deploying more than 700 military snipers in four regions close to Ukraine in new war games.
The move comes amid deepening tension over Western fears Vladimir Putin is plotting an imminent invasion of his neighbour.
It comes after Russia warned war is "highly likely" with Ukraine following orders to troops to remain "combat ready" after speculation of a Ukrainian invasion.
The Kremlin has said that Kiev's desire to retake Crimea is "direct threat", as the US vows to respond following growing reports of a Russian invasion.
Three of the four regions with the giant sniper exercises share borders with Ukraine.
More than 700 sharpshooters are being schooled in camouflage of firing positions and countering the enemy.
Russia sends 700 expert snipers to Ukraine border as Putin warns Nato back off or face a ‘nightmare’ sparking WW3 fears
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