Even as Russia positions its troops and armor for a high-stakes global stare-down over Ukraine, the Kremlin’s gaze is also trained on the Arctic, where a planned $110 billion mega-port on the remote Taymr peninsula would cement the country as a shipping powerhouse and dominant polar force.
Such development in the ice-capped Arctic region was considered unfathomable until recent years, when warmer weather ushered in ice-free summers in parts of Russia’s Arctic domain.
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