Russia has successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, Russian news agency RIA reports, as tensions in the region over its seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region escalated.
The Strategic Rocket Forces launched an RS-12M Topol missile from the southerly Astrakhan region near the Caspian Sea and the dummy warhead hit its target at a proving ground in Kazakhstan, the state-run news agency RIA cited Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov as saying.
Russian president Vladimir Putin said he would only use force in Ukraine as a "last resort" as he defended Russia's actions in Crimea.
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