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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