Three Russian nuclear submarines simultaneously pierced a layer of ice more than a meter thick during exercises at the Arctic.
“This is the first time in the history of the Russian Navy that this has happened,” the Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy Nikolai Evmenov said in a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Friday.
A video clip released by the Russian military showed how the nuclear-powered submarines slid beneath the 1.5-meter-thick ice a few hundred meters (yards), penetrated it upwards, and then informed their crew that the hole was complete.
According to reports, more than 600 military and civilians participated in the training, in temperatures reaching 30 ° C.
Interfax reported that Putin had instructed the Navy to continue its exploration trips in the Arctic in order to “ensure Russia’s security.”
Moscone is seeking, through its maneuvers, to prove its presence in the Arctic.
In addition to Russia, a number of countries bordering the Arctic, as well as the United States, also claim parts of the region, which are believed to have huge oil and gas reserves.
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