Russia's Putin Orders Counter-Terrorism Units for the Coasts

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Russian warships are seen during a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two in the Far Eastern port of Korsakov, near Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia, September 2, 2015. Sergei Krasnoukhov/Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered counter-terrorism operational headquarters to be set up in several coastal areas, the state-run RIA news agency quoted the Kremlin as saying on Saturday.

The units are to be set in Kaspiysk on the Caspian Sea, Murmansk in Russia's north-west and in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Russia's eastern coast, Interfax news agency said.

Putin also ordered a similar operation to be set up in Crimea's capital of Simferopol - the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.