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    Russia Invests in World’s Largest Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker

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    Russia's second serial project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural will be launched at the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard in St. Petersburg at the end of July, the shipyard announced on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The manufacturer added that Ural would replace project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker Sibir at the shipway. Sibir took the place of project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika earlier on Tuesday.

    "It is planned to lay the keel for the second serial nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural at the end of July," the shipyard said in a statement.

    Arktika, the first Russian nuclear icebreaker to be fully built in modern-day Russia, was successfully launched from the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard on June 16.

    Project 22220 is the world’s largest and most powerful vessel of its kind, fitted with two specifically designed RITM-200 nuclear-power reactors. The new vessels will be able to escort convoys in the Arctic, breaking ice up to almost 10 feet thick.

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