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Russia fires pre-planned test missile, reports say

Russia has test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in a pre-planned exercise amid tensions with Ukraine, according to several reports.

Reuters, the BBC, and others reported that the missile was launched from a location near the Caspian Sea to a target in Kazakhstan. The US was notified of the test in advance, according to reports.

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The test comes amid high tensions between Russia and the West over Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis in his first comments since its president fled, saying Russia has no intention ‘‘to fight the Ukrainian people’’ but reserved the right to use force. As the Russian president held court Tuesday in his personal residence, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kiev’s fledgling government and Moscow agreed to sit down with NATO.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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