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Russia flexes muscle near Japan in show of two-front capability

Drills and warship maneuvers keep Far East forces active amid Ukraine conflict

A Russian tank transport ship passes through the Tsugaru Strait on Tuesday. (Handout photo from Joint Staff Office of Japan's Ministry of Defense)

TOKYO/WASHINGTON -- Even as much of Russia's military is tied up in the invasion of Ukraine, Moscow is demonstrating that it can still operate in the Far East with shows of force in Japan's neighborhood.

Four Russian tank landing ships were observed passing through the Tsugaru Strait between Honshu and Hokkaido on Tuesday and Wednesday, traveling westward into the Sea of Japan, according to Japan's Defense Ministry.

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