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Russia races to build giant icebreakers in bid for Arctic dominance | Source: Japan Times

Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreaker Sibir during construction at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg

At St. Petersburg’s historic Baltic Shipyard, cranes hover over the shining Neva River as hundreds of workers build four nuclear-powered icebreakers. Fronted by a Russian flag and named after the country’s northern regions, the giant vessels are meant to ensure Moscow’s dominance over the melting Arctic. Russia has scrambled to become a leading power in the region, where receding ice cover has allowed Moscow to develop a new shipping route.

Source: Japan Times


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