Video: World's Largest Ice-Breaker Launched in St. Petersburg Shipyard

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Back in 2014, Barack Obama famously explained to Americans - 'ya know, Russia doesn't make anything.'

Let's just say the community organizer from Chicago didn't have much of a grasp on world affairs.

This massive 173-meter, nuclear-powered leviathan helps Russia to ship in the arctic year round.

Russia's northern ports freeze badly during the winter, part of the reason Crimea and the Black Sea were so valuable to Russia in history in the search for a warm water port. 



While today the Siberia can crush ice up to 3 meters thick, they just couldn't do that with ships built in the 18th-century.

Check out this video of the Siberia's launch.


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